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Wooden Hold Downs

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Project by ScottM posted 08-29-2016 12:37 PM 704 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m beginning to build a new crosscut sled. My new version will have 2 t-tracks parallel with the blade for hold downs or spline jig or tenon jig, etc. So I was cleaning up some scraps from a box I made for my daughter, she took it before I could get pictures, and had some small pieces of oak and walnut. Most of them had mitered ends that I had used as a frame on the box lid. I started laying them out seeing what I could make with them and decided that I could make some wooden hold downs. I searched around and found some here that I liked. There was a link to a template that I found I couldn’t download. The post was a few years old and I figured that it just didn’t work anymore. I checked the home page of the author and saw that there wasn’t much activity from him so I looked through the comments and found a comment and download from a user that I had seen recently in the forums. For giggles I contacted both the author and the user. To my surprise I heard back from both and they both provided the template! I also found out that the template download still worked but my workplace was blocking the site.

So on to the project. I laminated my scraps together in an alternating pattern so I’d have one with a visible walnut surface and one oak. I drilled them out, cut them on the band saw, sanded with my belt and spindle sander. I sealed them with a couple of coats of shellac and then top coated with satin lacquer, both from rattle cans. These have a 3/4” dowel in the top that will rotate based on the piece being held so that the bolt and knob stay vertical. I’ll probably find something to dip the ends in for more grip or maybe stick on some sandpaper in the meantime. I guess first I need to build that sled. So many thanks to both Dodeka, original project, and HerbC for responding my template requests.





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#1 posted 08-29-2016 03:05 PM

Nicely done.
I made several years ago and they are still in use
Much better than the store bot ones IMHO

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 08-30-2016 09:49 AM

Do you have a preference of where to buy the knobs and bolts? In the past I have made my own knobs for some of my homemade projects and either toilet flange bolts or custom ground carriage bolts for the table slots.

-- Clint, Florida

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#3 posted 08-30-2016 09:49 AM



Do you have a preference of where to buy the knobs and bolts? In the past I have made my own knobs for some of my homemade projects and either toilet flange bolts or custom ground carriage bolts for the table slots.

- pnhndlenatve


-- Clint, Florida

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#4 posted 08-30-2016 11:59 AM



Do you have a preference of where to buy the knobs and bolts? In the past I have made my own knobs for some of my homemade projects and either toilet flange bolts or custom ground carriage bolts for the table slots.

- pnhndlenatve

I normally use toilet flange bolts. I recently bought a bag of knobs from Amazon. Like 10 knobs for $4 or something like that. It was a good price so I couldn’t pass on it. Not sure how they will work out though. They have a nylon insert in them like on a lock nut so that they don’t vibrate loose. Most bolts will be kind of long so it was a pain to run the knob all the way down. I’m sure they will wear in but we’ll see.

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#5 posted 09-07-2016 04:12 AM

Nice job!

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#6 posted 09-11-2016 01:21 PM

Nicely done. I know those work beautifully

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#7 posted 09-11-2016 01:48 PM

I like the addition of the dowel for better adjustability .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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