Workbench restore (Scandinavian style) #3: Holdfasts and leather grip.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-08-2012 08:51 PM 11090 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Scandinavian workbench restore
Holdfasts and leather grip.

This part is about the holdfasts and leather grip for the end vice.

Yes we are back at the new workshop, at the old workbench.
In the center is a wonderful old holdfast I bought in Paris some years back and I have been waiting to get the chance to bring into use.
I will get back to this later.

Because I also bought this one in France, yes and one more I use on my shaving horse but that is a different story.
I think the corner of a Scandinavian workbench is an ideal spot for many kinds of work.
So wanted to add a second holdfast here.

The important part is to get the right position, so that it can hold in both sides.
Here the deepness.

And here the width.

A spade drill that is a little bigger than the diameter of the holdfast.

Then drill a hole.
The little cordless was short of power so I needed my old green cable bandit.

And we got a holdfast at the end -

- and at the side.
I already used it the last weeks and it is a gem.

But this one is the really naughty bastard…
A quarter of a turn and it holds the work piece tight to the table.
No hammer here, just a light turn.
It even fitted right into the original hole on the workbench, as if they were meant to be.

It gives plenty of possibilities.

This part is less exotic.
A better and more delicate grip for the end vice.
Two pieces of hard leather cut to size.

Then the smooth side is sanded and glue is added.

Glue is added to the vice also.
While the glue sets I grease up the vice with a thick layer of grease.

A little waiting.

That’s it!

Here we have a good and gentle but firm grip.
The bench dogs on the workbench will be a build in a later part of this blog.

Elegant I think, big smile here.
And after the grease it runs like a dream.

End of this part of the blog, next will be fixing the front vice.

Hope it can be to some inspiration.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 08:58 PM

I love the first picture. What a great place to work.

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 09:08 PM

I do love to see that french bastard came into action :-)

good to see you have fun

take care

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#3 posted 11-08-2012 09:15 PM

Very nice, I love that lever operated hold fast. The veritas of its day! ;-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 09:25 PM

Mads … you write it and ill read it. Nevermind that fact that you have a bench to drool over. The Mads touch on it is icing on the cake. Keep it up. The hold fast’s youve shown make me giddy.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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David Craig

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 09:32 PM

Love your setup Mads. I should just put a picture of your shop in my shop for inspiration :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 10:29 PM

its all coming together quite nicely, they ought to make them like in the old days, and of coarse your other touches, making this bench and shop your own, where does the maddness end….lol…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 11-08-2012 10:44 PM

Very nice Mads.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 11-09-2012 01:49 AM

Very nice blog all all aspects of the new bench, BUT especially the hold down that you turn to tighten. I have never see one of them and It is something I think we all could use. Do they still make them?

Thanks for sharing, my friend!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 11-09-2012 02:20 AM

Loving every minute.

-- -Sam - FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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#10 posted 11-09-2012 03:04 AM

Very cool Mad!

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#11 posted 11-09-2012 05:32 AM

As always, nicely done, Mads!


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#12 posted 11-09-2012 09:22 AM

Mads coming along nicely

Wont be long until it is all working &

In order


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 11-09-2012 09:27 AM

I had a pleasant cofee break seeing this pics.

-- Jiri

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Jamie Speirs

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#14 posted 11-09-2012 12:58 PM

Mads coming along nicely

Wont be long until it is all working &

In order


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#15 posted 11-09-2012 03:05 PM

Put me in line for that handled holdfast, too. That thing looks awesome, indeed.

You’re bench rehab is outstanding, Mads. Congrats on an wonderful job AND on your new shop. It’s looking great, and must be a fine place to spend time. You write like a man who’s truly happy, and I’m so happy for you. Thanks for sharing your adventures, keep them coming!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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