Scandinavian workbench restore
Holdfasts and leather grip.
This part is about the holdfasts and leather grip for the end vice.
Yes we are back at the new workshop, at the old workbench.
In the center is a wonderful old holdfast I bought in Paris some years back and I have been waiting to get the chance to bring into use.
I will get back to this later.
Because I also bought this one in France, yes and one more I use on my shaving horse but that is a different story.
I think the corner of a Scandinavian workbench is an ideal spot for many kinds of work.
So wanted to add a second holdfast here.
The important part is to get the right position, so that it can hold in both sides.
Here the deepness.
And here the width.
A spade drill that is a little bigger than the diameter of the holdfast.
Then drill a hole.
The little cordless was short of power so I needed my old green cable bandit.
And we got a holdfast at the end -
- and at the side.
I already used it the last weeks and it is a gem.
But this one is the really naughty bastard…
A quarter of a turn and it holds the work piece tight to the table.
No hammer here, just a light turn.
It even fitted right into the original hole on the workbench, as if they were meant to be.
It gives plenty of possibilities.
This part is less exotic.
A better and more delicate grip for the end vice.
Two pieces of hard leather cut to size.
Then the smooth side is sanded and glue is added.
Glue is added to the vice also.
While the glue sets I grease up the vice with a thick layer of grease.
A little waiting.
Here we have a good and gentle but firm grip.
The bench dogs on the workbench will be a build in a later part of this blog.
Elegant I think, big smile here.
And after the grease it runs like a dream.
End of this part of the blog, next will be fixing the front vice.
Hope it can be to some inspiration.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.