Worth Every Penney

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Review by mcase posted 03-13-2014 01:58 AM 7074 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If your like me you have had screw down holdfasts that don’t hold fast at all. A hold fast that doesn’t hold the work firmly is IMO dangerous not only to your work but to your hands as well. Having had some real loser holdfasts over the years that let the work skitter around I always dreamt of a good screw down holdfast that would actually work. So when I came across the Sjoberg Scandi it really caught my attention. The Scandi looked like a winner – heavy solid steel rod (as opposed to the hollow tube type) deep machined grooves on the dog hole ends, large handle driving a heavy threaded screw and large clamp pad. The Scandi is not cheap at at $64.00 a piece, but its worth every penny. This is a real professional-grade hold fast and it clamps work down firmly with real force. Its in a whole different league from the hollow tube toys that are commonly sold. The Scandi is for the vast majority of Benches the have 3/4” dog holes. Do not confuse the Scandi with the Elite which is the Sjoberg 1” version for those rare benches with 1” dog holes. The Scandi is far and away the best holdfast I have ever seen. I just ordered a second one from Woodcraft.

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#1 posted 03-13-2014 05:08 AM

Looks more or less like a Veritas surface clamp but a few bucks cheaper.

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#2 posted 03-13-2014 05:02 PM

Just because I am slow: the end that goes in the dog hole is grooved so that it has more of a hold when under load, but otherwise slides in and out of the dog hole, correct?

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 11:01 PM


Yeah slides in and out with ease, but grips solid when pressure is applied to the clamp. Having a pair of these is like having a whole new work bench. If you want to rout, domino, biscuit, drill, saw, sand, mortise, whatever, you just clamp the work down where you need it. No more having to clamp things to the edge of the table and have the clamps only on one edge – the edge that’s toward you and usually the edge you want to work on.

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