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Small Holdfast

Item #145480
$15.99
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4.0

(11 reviews)

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Product Information:

This small holdfast is made from solid ductile iron with a 3-1/2" throat, an overall length of 8-1/4" and a 11/16" round shank. This method of clamping is perfect for projects that need frequent reorientation while planning, carving or working. Simply position the clamp in a 3/4" hole and give it a hard, solid hit with a mallet. To release, just hit the back side of the clamp.

  • Small bench holdfast
  • 3-1/2" throat
  • 11/16" round steel shank
  • Overall length 8-1/4"
  • Heavy duty ductile iron
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    4.1

    (based on 11 reviews)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (9)
    • Good grip (8)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Versatile (4)
    • Lightweight (2)

    Cons

    • Poor grip (2)

    Best Uses

    • At home (5)
    • Minor projects (2)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid do-it-yourselfer (9)
    • Primary Use:
    • Personal (8), Business (2)

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    4.0

    So far so good

    By  BGMED

    from NY

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    I've been using these for a few months now, and they have been working well. I lined the pads with cork to prevent marking the workpiece, and also to give it a little more grip. My only complaint with these is that they are fairly stiff, so every so often it takes an extra whack to get them to hold completely. Overall, I'm pleased with them in my 2" thick benchtop. Some other reviews have mentioned using an 11/16 hole instead of 3/4. I don't know if the design has changed (some of those reviews were from 3 or 4 years ago), but mine would not fit in a 11/16 hole. I drilled both sizes in a scrap piece, and the 3/4 inch hole worked for me.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Works Great

    By  The Crumbler

    from Cleveland, Ohio

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Grip

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    I use this product to hold down boards as I chops mortises or remove the waste from the pins and tails when making dovetails. Anything that needs to be clamped to the bench top can be done easily with this tool. All you need is a 3/4 inch hole and a mallet. Just give it a real good whack and you are set. To remove just smack the back of it with your hand. I did add some leather pads because the foot was leaving marks on the wood.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    1.0

    It's not what I expected!

    By  Havsky

    from Gettysburg, PA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Grip

    Best Uses

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    The catalog description says to use a 3/4 in. hole; now I see that 11/16 (or something smaller) is the recommended size. Too late. Also, the holdfast is a painted casting, not forged, and very rigid--a combination that produces no grip. From Woodcraft, I would have expected consistent instructions and a product that would work 'out of the box.'

     
    5.0

    So easy to use and so effective!

    By  EE at work

    from CT

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Grip
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Wrong product description

    Best Uses

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    This holdfast is great to secure pieces especially closer to the center of the bench. It is quicker and easier than using clamps at the edge of the bench. Perfect for holding flat pieces down for edge treatment or boards for end treatment. If you have to move the piece often, this holdfast is easier to ise than the bench vise because you don't have to deal with moving bench dogs. One cation though! The item description says 5/8 inch shank. This is NOT accurate. The shank is 11/16 inch. And as someone else pointed out fits in and works great in an 11/16 hole. I have 5/8 dog holes on my bench and thought that this would fit in those. It does not. I had to drill strategically located 11/16 holes for this. While I can or use it in the dog holes, I still find it very effective and easy to use.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    test it on a scrap first

    By  Geezer

    from Chatham, NY

    About Me Professional

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Durable
    • Good Grip
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful

    Cons

    Best Uses

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    This dog works great in a 11/16 hole. the instructions say to use 3/4. I wish I had tested it before I drilled those 3/4 holes in my bench top.

    • Primary Use:
    • Business
     
    5.0

    What can be said about a holdfast!

    By  Opa Don

    from Broken Arrow, Ok.

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Grip
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    I use the holdfast to hold parts fast to the work bench. It is fast to clamp a part and equally as fast to unclamp.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    It's what you want from a holdfast

    By  Cutter of wood

    from Stillwater, MN

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Grip
    • Heavy casting

    Cons

    • Taiwan stamp

    Best Uses

    • Anything

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    These are simple and shouldn't be scrutinized too much. It's simple and does what you want it to. The only downside is that TAIWAN is stamped in the neck, oh well, better than CHINA and not as good as USA. nice and heavy/sturdy. Enjoy.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Holdfast works as hard as I do

    By  joroco

    from wisconsin

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Grip
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • At Home
    • Contract Jobs
    • Minor Projects

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    acquired an Oak woodworker's bench with 3/4" bench holes. bought the bench dogs and the holdfasts to help set up and work on porjects. Both work better than I could have imagined and they will be in use until I quit doing the work.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Get some

    By  Tomm

    from SW Washington

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Grip
    • Versatile

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    Unpack, Drill 3/4'" holes and put to use. Wish I had done this a long time ago!

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Works great on a 2" thick top

    By  Steve the Galoot

    from Lodi, NY

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Good Grip

    Cons

    Best Uses

    • On the workbench

    Comments about Small Holdfast :

    This holdfast is simple and quick. To improve its performance, glue a piece of leather to the clamp pad so it doesn't mar your workpiece. If it slips, roughen the shaft with 60grit sandpaper. It needs friction to work, so if it slips it is an indication it is too smooth.

    • Primary Use:
    • Personal

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