Bob, having been a hardworking and successful electrician all of your life, no doubt you are an experienced problem solver. I've worked with enough electricians to know how smart they are. Be sure to inform the clamp makers about your improvement to their product. Who knows, maybe you will be rewarded because of it. As you know, one of the best things that we can all do to stay young is to keep on solving problems. This is a simple but great solution to common problem that causes a lot of aggravation to thousands of us woodworkers. How many times have we heard the words - "Why didn't I/we think of that?" ;-| Hell fire! "Why didn't the clamp engineers think of that?" ;-|
I quit drinking my Bud Lights and have started drinking O'Doul's - so I'll just have a couple of O'Doul's today in honor of your new improvement to a common tool that thousands of us woodworkers use everyday. Here's to many more years of problem solving for you.
I was out and about picking up some metal and pop rivets for a little repair job today. I didn't see any extra cushions in the Blue Box, but Ace Hardware had some. Almost $2 a pop with sales tax: $6.99 /4 pretax. There is probably more profit in the cushions than the clamps;-) I see the clamps on sale quite regularly.
I have always tried to close them when I am done with them, but it doesn't always happen and they fall off during use. I still can't figure out why I didn't think of this 10 years ago ;-)
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