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Ingenious Concept in construction

Ingenious Concept in construction

11-26-2012 05:38 AM by David Craig | 28 comments »

When I made the move to replace my junk bench with an actual woodworking bench, one of the first things I wanted, accessory wise, was a pair of holdfasts. For the uninitiated, holdfasts are an ancient method for holding a work piece to a bench. The construction is simple, a metal bar with a hook on it that uses compression to hold a work piece to the bench. You tap the bar in a dog hole, the bar will flex in the dog hole like a compression spring and the piece is secure. The picture tells the...

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Now, this is the way to cut veneer !

Now, this is the way to cut veneer !

05-21-2013 12:49 AM by shipwright | 21 comments »

I am rapidly becoming a fan of Tools for Working Wood and the Gramercy line of specialty tools. This review is about the French style veneer saw but if you look closely, you will see their superb holdfasts being used as well. When you pick up this saw you know immediately that it is like no other veneer saw you (or at least I) have ever held before. It’s teeth are coarse for a veneer saw and it is heavy .... and that’s why it works so well. The blade itself is thin and cuts wi...

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Gramercy Holdfast

Gramercy Holdfast

11-29-2010 01:06 AM by TheGravedigger | 14 comments »

This article was originally posted on the Little Good Pieces blog on September 25, 2010. This one definitely comes under the heading of “why didn’t I do this sooner?”. Let me say up front that this recommendation is completely unsolicited and uncompensated. I had read for years about the usefulness of holdfasts, Everyone from St. Roy to Christopher Schwarz had sung their praises, but somehow I never got around to them. Most of the ones I saw were the old cast ones, and...

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