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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