A handful of handy hold downs

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Project by oldnovice posted 03-09-2013 07:37 PM 5601 views 47 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed some hold downs and considered buying but decided to make instead. I had some scrap 3/8” Baltic birch so I cut 1” wide strips 4” long, put a 1/8” radius on one end, slotted the center for 5/16” bolt, added a 270° poplar dowel as the pivot point, and PlastiDip for additional grip.

The 2 dips of PlastiDip increased the stiction from about 4 ounces to just over 1.2 lbs and assist in gripping the project pieces more securely. I did not try making a mold for the plastic caps but decided that dipping each hold down was simpler and that if needed replacement, I can re-dip when needed.

One of the images is a model showing the non-wood parts!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#1 posted 03-09-2013 07:45 PM

Great shop made jigs

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#2 posted 03-09-2013 07:48 PM

Looks pretty neat. Report back and tell us how they hold up over time. Have a good one.

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#3 posted 03-09-2013 07:53 PM


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#4 posted 03-09-2013 09:56 PM

I’m really disappointed. I thought you had come up with a way to make functional wooden plane blades.

> Sigh ;( <

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#5 posted 03-09-2013 10:08 PM

cool idea nice work

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#6 posted 03-10-2013 12:03 AM

Nice job! They will work as well as the expensive ones!

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#7 posted 03-10-2013 01:52 AM

well done … now you need to show some clamp action photos

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#8 posted 03-10-2013 12:36 PM

Nice – good looking too.

How did you rabbet the dowel?

I like ‘em,

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#9 posted 03-10-2013 02:20 PM

Congratulations on a “Daily Top Three!” Brilliantly simple! Workshops will be buzzing around the world. A lot of scrap will become useful hold-downs. I am going to buy Plasti-Dip stock.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#10 posted 03-10-2013 05:49 PM

Steve, I rabbeted the dowel on my RT.
I laid the dowel on RT and clamped two small machinist vises over the top. These vises had a 2” surface area, with the dowel clamped, and used them to hold the dowel while routing. I lost about the first 1-1/2” of the dowel as that was in the vise. Had to be careful and not get the vises to the bit!

After I got done I realized I could have used a 45° chamfer bit with some feather blocks and run the dowel over that on center. I probably would also have needed some anti-rotational block on the dowel.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 03-10-2013 06:27 PM

Thank You for posting. Added to my favorits.

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#12 posted 03-10-2013 07:17 PM

Hello oldnovice

This is a brillant idea

I like it ( in my favorite )

Thanks for sharing

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#13 posted 03-10-2013 07:31 PM

Great idea and nice work also.

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#14 posted 03-11-2013 12:27 AM

Congrats on the Daily Top Three! I’ve also favorited this. Love me some shop-made jigs and tools!

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#15 posted 03-11-2013 04:50 PM

Very handy lil’ thingys…
I like your decision to make vs. buy. That’s what we do, no?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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