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seo
01-15-2012, 12:53 AM
I have several perfectly good C-clamps, except that the, the, whaddyacallit on the end of the screw is missing. Is that a pad, or a button, or what? And can they be replaced? Does anyone sell them? I made a replacement one once a a very large clamp, which worked out all right except that it took approximately forever to do.

Paul Girouard
01-15-2012, 01:03 AM
The ones I have are sort pressed on so replacing them would seem impossible without so "made to do just it" tool. Lets see what other have to say about this.

ETA: When you say "perfecting good" you seem to be missing the fact they are broken! LOL.

Ethan
01-15-2012, 01:16 AM
I could swear there was a thread within the last few months on exactly this issue. With a successful outcome, no less. Can't seem to find it though.....

Hopefully someone with better google-fu than me will give it a try.

Canoeyawl
01-15-2012, 01:54 AM
There was a thread, I thought this was it back again...
But I do remember this (http://www.mcmaster.com/#c-clamp-pads/=ft8m3m)about that

http://images1.mcmaster.com/Contents/gfx/large/5076al1l.png?ver=19555021

shade of knucklehead
01-15-2012, 06:52 AM
There was a thread, but instead of finding it for you, I will just give you the solution I gave.

McMaster Carr

They sell them, we buy them all the time because we get most of our clamps at yard sales or auctions and they are almost always missing the pad. They just press on...

JoshuaIII
01-15-2012, 06:04 PM
I am the one that started the other thread ;)
It was in resources/Product...
McMaster have some with fix the issue...
For myself I found a few scrap block of nylon in my shop, I've made a undersize hole in them and it work well without leaving marks on the wood.

hokiefan
01-15-2012, 06:10 PM
LOL, its called a scrap of plywood. I have a small bucket filled with roughly 1"x1" pieces of plywood. Mostly 1/4" but some other stuff mixed in.

Cheers,

Bobby

JoshuaIII
01-15-2012, 06:15 PM
Plywood are bad... The round tip of the clamp without the pad go through it and leave a mark. Without talking about it's enough hard to put a clamp sometime, if you also have to hold a small pad at a exact spot it would be a nightmare! ;)

Here the other thread:
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?139725-C-Clamps

hokiefan
01-15-2012, 07:04 PM
Plywood are bad... The round tip of the clamp without the pad go through it and leave a mark. Without talking about it's enough hard to put a clamp sometime, if you also have to hold a small pad at a exact spot it would be a nightmare! ;)

Here the other thread:
http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?139725-C-Clamps

Well, for the few clamps I have with no pad, I use two thicknesses. And sometimes it takes eight hands. But without the plywood pads my C-clamps usually leave marks. So I use them on both ends of all my C-clamps.

Cheers,

Bobby

seo
01-23-2012, 06:41 PM
Well, I was off this site for a while, and come back, and voila!! the answer. Thanks very much.
PS: Joshua III be warned!! I have reason to often drive between Montreal and Maine, and I'm very much tempted to drive to Gaspesie to see if you are actually as funny a guy as you seem to be.