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Forum topic by tigerwoodsman posted 08-15-2015 04:59 PM 638 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2015 04:59 PM

I ORDERED GRAMERCY HOLDFASTS FOR MY 5 INCH BENCH TOP I’M BUILDING, WILL THE HOLDFASTS WORK OR DO I HAVE TO COUNTER BORE FROM UNDERNEATH? THE HOLES ARE YOUR TYPICAL 3/4 WHAT SIZE BIT FOR THE COUNTERBORE UNDERNEATH?

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#1 posted 08-15-2015 05:18 PM

I’d say a 1/4” x 2” rabbeting with bearing for a router. Or a 7/8” auger bit if you go that route. I have a 2-1/2”-2-3/4” top and the work like a champ. Pretty sure they’re work in a 3” top.

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#2 posted 08-15-2015 08:46 PM

What about a 1 1/2 forstner or spade bit from underneath?’

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#3 posted 08-15-2015 09:03 PM

I’m using the Gramercy holdfasts in a 4 1/2” beech top and they work fine with no counterboring or other modification.
Roger

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#4 posted 08-15-2015 10:23 PM

It’ll be tough to create a bigger hole than what’s in place with a forstner or spade.

Try them first, before modifying your bench top’s underside.

Usage over time will ream the holes a bit anyway, things will continue to improve.

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#5 posted 08-15-2015 11:34 PM

Another thing what grite are you using to rough them up? What do you suggest using on underside if it doesn’t work

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#6 posted 08-16-2015 09:48 PM

I think I worked over my painted holdfasts with 60 grit or so, but it doesn’t take much.

If reaming is needed, try a round rasp first?

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#7 posted 08-17-2015 12:09 AM

I have the Gramercy holdfasts. They work great in my 3.5” bench top but would not hold in my 4.5” legs. I used a step bit and enlarged the 3/4” holes to 1” on the back side. + 1 to roughing up the holdfast.

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