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Project by RetiredCoastie posted 10-28-2009 04:03 AM 3525 views 22 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While at Rockler the other day I purchased their “T” track kit so I could build a drill press table for use with the Drilling jig I’m building (Thanks to Dkol for sharing his jig and kind tips) . I was going to purchase their hold down dogs but when I found out they were $20.00 for a pair, I thought I’ll build my own. After an hour of time, a scrap piece of 1” hard maple from a bowling alley lane and some boiled linseed oil and I saved $20.00 that I’ll spend on my next tool acquisition.

I know its a small piece of a bigger project but it made me feel good after a bad day at work and I thought I’d share. Thanks for viewing!

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#1 posted 10-28-2009 04:06 AM

Nice hold downs!
I used something similar on my tapering jig.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-28-2009 04:07 AM

Now that’s too funny. I’m sketching up a set right now myself. Great minds think alike! Or are we just cheap?



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#3 posted 10-28-2009 04:10 AM

Frugal, cheap sound cheap…LOL…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 10-28-2009 04:40 AM

I have 3 sets of rocklers hold downs…..I feel silly now…...LOL

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#5 posted 10-28-2009 04:54 AM

I love stories like this, saving a buck here and there, I really enjoy this story because 20 bucks is a fair chunk of change for a couple of hold downs that you can make in no time, thanks for the post.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#6 posted 10-28-2009 07:01 AM

I made some just like these they work fine.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 10-28-2009 08:29 AM

Nice cheap job.

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#8 posted 10-28-2009 09:12 AM


Really a nice handsome and practical creation. Yours has that little extra reach.
I love T-track holddowns, it’s a great concept.

(I won’t ask what you’re “Retired” from since this project was from “after a bad day at work.”)

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#9 posted 10-28-2009 02:46 PM

I retired from the U.S. Coast Guard but I still have to work to pay the bills. Once I get the DP table completed I’ll post pics.

Thanks for viewing and all your replies!

-- Proud Supporter of Homes For Our Troops

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#10 posted 10-28-2009 03:53 PM

Rock on! I rather make it than buy it, too… And people like us aren’t cheap, we’re just frugality engineers

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#11 posted 10-28-2009 04:37 PM

I have the Rockler hold downs also just because hard maple here costs more than a Lexus. Oh to have a bowling alley… Good use of reclaimed wood and they look good and strong!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 10-28-2009 05:32 PM

nice work on these…i didn’t know if it was just me thinking the $10 price tag on each of those was a bit high…definitely a nice option and well made!

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#13 posted 10-28-2009 08:45 PM

look great but . . .
the plastic knobs gotta go. Check out chunkyC’s recent project. Still, looks great!

or check out:


-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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