Hand Forged Hold Fast

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Project by Ben posted 02-23-2013 at 12:56 PM 1960 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this isn’t made out of wood, but since its made for holding wood and there isn’t an ironjocks website I thought I’d post it here. Plus I thought plenty of woodworkers wood get a kick out of it.

This is a hand forged Holdfast, made from 5/8’s inch round stock. It works fantastically, and will certainly improve my workholding capabilities on my bench.

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 at 01:45 PM

Was that just a mild steel rod or was it harder?

I really need some of those, LOL.

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 at 01:51 PM

Good work, I love using these things. I made a set for myself and my BIL from 11/16th for 3/4in holes. 5/8 rod is much easier to find. I can’t believe they aren’t more popular! Keep it up.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 02-23-2013 at 02:34 PM

It’s just a mild steel rod I got from my local hardware store.

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 at 05:12 AM

now, if I can only find an ironjock around here….I’d get a few made up for myself !


-- George..." I love the smell of a workshop in the morning!"

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 at 05:21 AM

Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 at 09:26 AM

Where’s the how to!? :) I have gotten one cast holdfast from the box store and the other from Woodcraft, neither are that good. I have been eying up the ones Grammercy sells, but if this is just a torch and muscle, I might have to give this a shot first!!! Please share what you did!!! I just don’t feel the cast holdfasts are that grippy.

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#7 posted 02-24-2013 at 10:19 AM


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#8 posted 02-24-2013 at 01:01 PM

thanks for the props. Actually I do have a propane force I was able to use and a hundred pound anvil. You could certainly do it with a torch, but you would probably use up an entire mapp gas tank to heat such thick metal. Its possible, but it would be difficult. If you’ve got the desire, i’m sure you can do it. The gramercy holdfasts are a very fair price especially for a pair considering materials cost.

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#9 posted 02-25-2013 at 09:36 AM

Another very cool project. Nice work! 5/8 ths round stock. Are the holes in your bench 3/4? And it holds really well. That is really interesting!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#10 posted 02-25-2013 at 10:19 AM

Thanks The holes in my bench are 3/4. It seems to hold great. I can give the hold fast a tap or two and then pick up my bench with it. However, it does take a couple or more taps on the back to get it to release.

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