Hold-down Clamps

  • Advertise with us
Project by Dodeka posted 03-28-2010 05:32 PM 26958 views 110 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like the hold-down clamps that Incra makes, but I thought I could make them for less than the $10 they’re selling for. Like the Incra design, these have a swivel so that the bolt can remain vertical while the clamp body tilts to adjust for the height of whatever you’re clamping. The body is poplar, and the swivel is oak dowel. I even coated the ends in Plasti-Dip for extra grip and to reduce marring of the workpiece.

Here is a link to a PDF template of the body. The rest of it is pretty straight-forward.

-- Liszka

32 comments so far

View zlatanv's profile


691 posts in 3163 days

#1 posted 03-28-2010 05:55 PM

Very cool clamps, been looking at some of these, might just have to make some. Nice job.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

View Dusty56's profile


11819 posts in 3617 days

#2 posted 03-28-2010 05:58 PM

Very nice…..I was wondering if you had used the Plasti Dip or if it was paint : ) Great job and a nice money saver !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View tyvekboy's profile


1730 posts in 2942 days

#3 posted 03-28-2010 06:14 PM

Great Idea

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

View WistysWoodWorkingWonders's profile


12758 posts in 3086 days

#4 posted 03-28-2010 06:41 PM

very cool…. gotta start to wonder if there is a tool out there that can’t be made out of wood…. well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

View Chase's profile


448 posts in 2955 days

#5 posted 03-28-2010 07:12 PM

professional looking, and very inspirational. Thanks!

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

View Bricofleur's profile


1440 posts in 3122 days

#6 posted 03-28-2010 08:48 PM

As I heard, we can never have enough… tools, even shopmade.

Great job! Nice looking and well made. They’re already on my ‘todo’ list. Thanks for sharing.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

View mafe's profile


11638 posts in 3018 days

#7 posted 03-29-2010 12:20 AM

Wonderful thank you.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View PurpLev's profile


8534 posts in 3577 days

#8 posted 03-29-2010 12:27 AM

nicely done!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View Abbott's profile


2570 posts in 3232 days

#9 posted 03-29-2010 12:28 AM

Pretty slick!

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

View donjoe's profile


1360 posts in 2960 days

#10 posted 03-29-2010 03:05 AM

Very resourseful shop work. I like these and they look great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 3044 days

#11 posted 03-30-2010 04:32 PM

home made tools are great
and if the is a buck to save
even better they looks great


View MShort's profile


1789 posts in 3347 days

#12 posted 04-03-2010 03:34 PM

Very nice. I really enjoy to see people’s homemade tools. Great inpirations to follow. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

View bigike's profile


4053 posts in 3217 days

#13 posted 04-03-2010 04:38 PM

great work you just saved $20

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

View abie's profile


874 posts in 3700 days

#14 posted 04-04-2010 06:56 PM

This inspired me too and Iv’e made several now.
Not as easy as it seemed but they work well.

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

View Roger's profile


20916 posts in 2733 days

#15 posted 11-07-2010 03:15 AM

Really good idea

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

showing 1 through 15 of 32 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics