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Project by Nick424 posted 09-14-2017 12:41 AM 689 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to use my holdfasts on my workbench, not just in the sliding deadman, but alas I had chosen to go with square dogs. Was there a way to solve this delema? I did not want to drill holes in the workbench. So, I took some scrap maple I had lying around and cut them the shape of my dogs, drilled some holes, and tried them out.
Well, it worked, sort of. Without the wooden spring pieces in there the dogs were sloppy in the holes. Held down good which was my greatest concern, but wobbled side to side.

Back to the drawing board. This time I cut the blanks to fit the hole in the bench snugly, and drilled more holes.


The holdfasts hold great and the blocks do not try to slide up out of the hole as I feared they might. Now I just have to find a place to keep them when not in use.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 09-14-2017 03:10 AM

Nice work! Best of both now!

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#2 posted 09-14-2017 02:29 PM

nice love it

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#3 posted 09-14-2017 02:34 PM

Real good idea. Necessity is the mother of invention. Nice invention!!!!!!!!


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#4 posted 09-14-2017 02:55 PM

very clever

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#5 posted 09-14-2017 02:58 PM

I’ll bet you’ll want your cake and eat it too! ;-)

Nice workaround.

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#6 posted 09-14-2017 05:42 PM

Good idea. Is it practical to tether the adapters to the holdfasts?

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#7 posted 09-14-2017 11:03 PM

Good idea. Is it practical to tether the adapters to the holdfasts?

- Don Broussard

Well if I didn’t use them in the sliding deadman now and then that would be a good idea. I was thinking of putting a dowel in a block and attaching it to the inside of one of the legs. Then I could just drop them onto the dowel for storage.

I ll bet you ll want your cake and eat it too! ;-)

Nice workaround.

- DS

Well, yes, as long as it is chocolate cake!

And thanks to everyone else for the nice comments…

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