Hand Forged Woodworking Holdfast

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Blog entry by A Slice of Wood Workshop posted 10-27-2013 03:39 PM 2131 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this video is mostly blacksmithing, but it shows the process of how to create a holdfast for your workbench. This could easily be done in a coffee can forge or a brake drum forge. Thanks for checking it out and view the video HERE

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#1 posted 10-28-2013 02:04 AM

Very cool!

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#2 posted 10-28-2013 02:30 AM

Tim— Nice little video of the process. Would starting with ¾” round stock speed up the process?

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#3 posted 10-28-2013 02:38 AM

@wunderaa- thank you very much

@Don- it took about an extra 10 to 15 minutes so yes a little quicker. The holdfast isn’t 3/4” round though at the end. It is actually a bit smaller so you still have to forge it a bit thinner.

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#4 posted 10-28-2013 11:53 AM

I enjoyed your video on making a holdfast, you might even make me a convert from wood to iron work. Question though, why didn’t you just start with a round bar stock? Is it just that you manage to release stress by pounding the bageezers out of something? LOL

Whoops, just saw your response to Don, my bad.

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