I think The Schwarz has found evidence of holdfasts being used a thousand or more years ago. Like some of my high school classmates, holdfasts have changed very little over time.
|The holdfast doing it's thing|
I'd been thinking for a long time about getting a couple of holdfasts to help with my work holding. And finally I plunked down some cash to make it happen.
|My first holdfast|
|The Black Bear Forge logo, just above the pad|
|A nice ornamental and functional touch|
|Using a 1/4" scrap to keep the holdfast from damaging the work|
|Leather shaped like the pad|
So far, I've found several uses for the holdfasts. I've used it to clamp boards to the benchtop while mortising.
|A mortising hold-down|
|Handy for an unusual clamping situation|
|Using a "bird's beak" to keep the work from moving away from me|
|A closer look at the bird's beak, moved slightly away from the workpiece.|
And like any new tool in a shop, you've got to find a home for it when it's not in use. I drilled a hole in the right front leg of my bench to store it. This location can also be used to clamp a board to the front of my bench when planing long edges.
|I ended up turning it around in this hole|
|Holdfast turned around - totally out of the way|