Holdfasts - Type 2

I started making holdfasts having an upset corner instead of a smooth radius some years back but got sidetracked with our move from Colorado to Florida.  The inspiration for this configuration came from watching Peter Ross forge an upset corner holdfast on an episode of the Woodwright's Shop.  The advantage of this design is that the hammer blow used to set the holdfast is directed in line with the holdfast shaft.  Testing and use in my shop has shown that these holdfasts work very well in providing positive clamping and easy release of the work piece.  The holdfasts continue to be worked from a roughly 20 inch long, 3/4" round mild steel bar.  They are intended to be used in 3/4" diameter holes.  The forging steps involved with these holdfasts are more labor intensive than with the standard holdfasts.  I will try to keep some of these holdfasts on the forged items for sale page.

The above image shows a holdfast that is in work next to a completed holdfast.

Someday I expect to begin producing these holdfasts to sell, but, due to constraints on my time it could be a while.  Watch for them to show up on my Items For Sale page if interested.  Feel free to contact me about them.

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