Hold fast - that you can easily make (post)

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Project by mafe posted 01-15-2022 03:23 AM 684 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hold fast wedge and twist
updating an old idea.

Hi all,

I made these updates out of frustration today.

A wedge for fast clamping on my existing DIY hold fast and a DIY flip end stop, that can be made from wood, so no special hardware are needed any more

This post is from the blog:

1. Wedge quick clamp, with new flip back stop from wood.
2. Old type.
3. The old hardware, with old flip back stop from metal.
4. Quick clamping.
5. The other version.
6. Here used in the workbench dog holes, to hold wood.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or to hold on to what you love…

Best thoughts,


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

19 comments so far

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 01-15-2022 03:35 AM

That is a great clamp and so versatile that you can use it in the middle of the workbench and not just around the edge to clamp a piece!! Well done, my friend…...........Cheers, Jim

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 01-15-2022 03:39 AM

Very clever clamp, Mads! I like it, and should probably make some for myself to use.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-15-2022 03:48 AM

very cool buddy.i just love that your back and active again.a day without mads is a day that just, sucks-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

View Andre's profile


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#4 posted 01-15-2022 04:16 AM

Well not sure I really need anymore new clamping devices:) Heck barely know how to use the ones I got?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 01-15-2022 04:29 AM

Looks like they would make excellent drill press clamps. I especially like the small ones.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 01-15-2022 05:16 AM

Cool gadgets Mads... though I prefer the little one… could use some pictures of the stopper’s outlay/drilling.. or is it a closely guarded hidden patent… Just cause it’s under the table and out of sight, it is not out of mind.

If the stopper is designed for a 20mm MFT style bench, how the hell does it fit into a Yankee 3/4” dog(gone) hole?... or is that the 2nd installment of the patent?

OOPS, just tracked down the design before it hit the patent office, however, I think you should post a picture here as not everyone has my gumshoe talents and sniffs out all the links,

... I made these updates out of frustration today…
- mafe

Hate to see what you’d do if you got lucky!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 01-15-2022 06:00 AM

funny ,whenever ive had a laim duck project i just get rid if it soon as possible ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 01-15-2022 06:57 AM

funny ,whenever ive had a ”laim duck project” i just get rid if it soon as possible ?

- pottz

Personally, I don’t think too many of your projects are lame ducks!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 01-15-2022 08:31 AM

I have pair of those also….ver handy!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View Eric's profile


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#10 posted 01-15-2022 11:13 AM

Great little clamps, looks simple enough to make in the shop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 01-15-2022 02:09 PM

Lovely project, looks like you had some cosy quality-time in the workshop recently. Like the drywall-thingies, never seen those before, where did you get them?

EDIT: Found. Carl-Ras to the rescue as so often before!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#12 posted 01-15-2022 02:22 PM

Mads this is something needed in my shop. Love it idea of the slider. This will go to the top of my list of other top things to do. Favorite for sure.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 01-15-2022 05:11 PM

Great idea. Filing it away in my long term memory.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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woodshaver Tony C

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#14 posted 01-15-2022 07:37 PM

Great! This is something I need! I may have everything in the shop to make one! Except for a hole or two!
Thanks Mads!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

View mafe's profile


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#15 posted 01-16-2022 01:11 PM


Jim J, Yes these have really become versatile, the can be used on the work bench, the drill press table, my Festool table, on the workmates in the allotment, even on my roof rack of the car now, smiles. Cheers’n thanks.

Dave P, Thank you Dave, yes they are really worth making and now in this ‘all’ wood’n a wedge version, cheap and makeable for all.

pottz, Big smile thank you, lol. If you were me, you would say a day without Mads, is a holiday, laughs. It’s nice to be be back in the workshop, doing things and sharing some of them with you guys, especially us who some how keep an eyes with each other and slowly become a kind of friends, even we might never meet. In the beginning I did not know what to do with these friendships, but it was just about learning a new form of friendships, where we don’t expect any thing from each other, except from a kind open nature and a little dedication, but open for everyone, to come and go, to be active or take a break and come back, without anything wrong with that. I do miss some of those who never came back, but also just accept it, as a part of what this kind of friendships are.

Andre, Big laugh here, I love that comment. Never too late to learn new though. Knowing your skills, I have to say I’m impressed if you made all that, without knowing how to use your clamps – Laughs.

Lew, that was why I made them at first, for the drill press, then they just all evolved, like everything else in my workshop… I guess I’m just one of those, who keep asking if that is the way, or if there could be another. Smiles thanks.

LittleBlackDuck, Yes the little once are the coolest, the big one is for a special purpose only, so not as versatile. Go to the blog for more pictures, you’ll see all there. You can make it fit any hole, just change diameter of the twist hold rod. Laughs, yes that’s it, thanks for the picture. Big laugh, these years I feel some how, I’m waiting for that luck to arrive, but I have decided to live the best I can while waiting, so it does not become my life – waiting. Smiles thanks.

Ivan, Cool, yes they are so handy, when ever needed, I use those on the drill press most, so have a pair there permanently.

Eric, yes they are really makeable, might be many parts, but each part is easy done. My mothers X used to say; if you want to eat an elephant, do it in small bites. Smiles thank you.

kaerlighedsbamsen, Yes I am almost every day in the workshop, not always doing wood, yesterday friends, food, beers and talks, but that’s at least as important, smiles. Love that you found them that fast! I can imagine Bauhaus also have them, they are just heavy duty drywall anchors, why I bought them in the first place and then just saw a different purpose. Sender en god tanke.

doubleDD, That to list, mine is kind of endless, I remember seeing this type of clamps, more than ten years ago, thinking I need some of these, but somehow it took years before they became reality nd especially at my drill press, I keep saying, why didn’t i do that before. Laughs. Tooooooooo many projects, to little time. Thank you Dave.

tyvekboy, Thank’s I have a file like that also, laughs.

woodshaver Tony C, big laugh, I am sure you will find those holes, if you look carefully, but otherwise I have heard about people making them, quite clever, even it might take some skills… Thanks for the laugh. Look forward to see what you come up with, if you post it.

Best thoughts, to you all,

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

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