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Forum topic by mmcc73 posted 08-06-2017 01:12 PM 435 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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08-06-2017 01:12 PM

I made these here holdfasts yesterday:

http://imgur.com/a/XjkD2

I’m super surprised by how well the work. I’ve never used steel holdfasts, but these things seem pretty sufficient. The work just fine with the square dog holes in my bench.

When used in conjunction with a doe’s foot (made out of 1/4” plywood with some sandpaper glued to the bottom) and a planing stop (a la http://www.theenglishwoodworker.com/the-stick-with-a-notch-cut-in-it/), I can plane along and cross grain quite vigorously without anything moving. (In the imgur link above, I say that it doesn’t work well enough for along the grain – it turns out I was just doing it wrong.)

When used to hold down a work piece directly, it seems held adequately for chopping and sawing.

So, if you’ve been thinking about getting a holdfast, you are only a stick, a 2×4 and some sandpaper away.


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#1 posted 08-07-2017 05:20 PM

I improved one of the simple holdfasts by putting a short ash stick in the toe of the 2×4. I think it helps concentrate the holding force. Pics available on request.

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