Club member John Kriegshauser of Chicago, Illinois, uses simple shop-made clamping pads that produce tight-fitting miter joints and donít mar the work. These consist of 1/4-in.-thick plywood rectangles with 150-grit sandpaper glued on one face for traction and a 45-degree corner block glued on one end for clamping. Youíll need a pair of pads for each miter. To use, position the pad with its corner block just short of the miterís edge. Use C-clamps to secure the pads to the work, then draw the miter together with a clamp on the corner blocks. Make pads of various sizes for different projects.
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