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Wood hold downs
step by step build.

For as long as I can remember, these bad boys have been on my to do list, but for some reason they took ten years to be realized… Better late than never.

So I am more than happy now, especially by the drill press, where they are most often needed, but also think they may become useful on my MFT3 table and I plan to even drill a couple of holes in my normal desk, so I can use the delicate version there.

This post is from the blog: https://www.lumberjocks.com/mafe/blog/131951

Pictures:
1. Hold down in use.
2. Recycle ash floor boards.
3. Sketching.
4. Routing.
5. Jigs.
6. Off cuts become small hold downs.


Leather tip version, for delicate work.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or help someone hold on to something they care about…

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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Those are pretty slick, Mads. I like the notches in the top to keep the nut and washer from slipping!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Very interesting … and I hope you are not now the left-handed "fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect"!

Merry Christmas, my friend.
 

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mads youve been a busy boy,i think santa could use someone like you this time of year.nice shop accessory.
 

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Beautiful workmanship and very cool photography. I really like your design. Can I copy it?
 

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Another nice project. Alas this time the photos in the blog entry wouldn't load for me, or were very slow to load. I'll try again tomorrow.
 

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Real classic among clamps…I like the proces. Inever get bored of such photos.
 

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Very cool Mads, gonna have to make myself some of those.
 

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Nice work Mafe. I have a pair of plastic ones that were made by Jorgensen. They are handy when I remember that have them. I often need them to be bigger, so thanks for filling in my knowledge of what I need to do to build some much larger ones.
 

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Cool! I really like the idea of creating the small "indents" to keep the clamp bolt from slipping.
 

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This is something I use quite a bit. I like the style of these and they look to have better holding power. These will be on my list in near future. I can definitely use more.
 

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I have a few hold downs but I really like these. Great way to use up some of those scraps laying around too!
 

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Hi guys,
In Denmark we celebrate Christmas today, so I will enjoy a Covid Christmas, with only my daughter this year, in fact that is the best Christmas I can imagine, so I fell lucky, we will make a Asian inspired dinner and enjoy the day together cooking and doing origami animals for a plastic Christmas tree, traditions must wait outside in the cold this year and both my daughter and I love this.
So first of all, Merry Christmas to all of you.
Jim Jakosh, hi Jim, yes it gives them extra stability and look cool too, smiles. I am pleased I finally got to make some, it was a long time wish. Thank you.
Thedane, laugh, I look down and can see all my fingers on the keyboard, so I am lucky. THank you.
Pottz, Santas helper, that's me, laughs. Yes I had a good period in the workshop, hiding from winter and Covid, enjoying a quiet life. Also time to come here on LJ, so it's a good winter. Smiles.
Rob Drown, YES plese do!!! This is why I blog, to share. So I will be more than happy. Big smile.
Dave Polaschek, it might be my blog should be split up, it's almost 100 photos in one blog post, I were just lazy, sorry. It depends on the speed of the internet connection of course. Best of thoughts thank you.
Ivan, thank you Ivan, I also love to see others work, to see their ways and ideas come through.
MikeB_UK, please do, you will enjoy and I will be happy the blog gets a purpose.
muesli, Laugh, me too, even some people say they get sick when they see it… I actually had a nearby finger cut off, a few weeks back, I were tired and had neck pain, so I lost my focus, forgot to lower the sawblade, and used my hand to push a piece of wood trough, while not really looking, routine, my index finger touched the spinning sawblade, to my luck I retracted my hand in the speed of light, so just a small hole and app a mm deep and some blood, that could be stopped by masking tape, but I will be more aware for a while now… and not work when too tired. Thanks.
Swirt, ohhhh yes all the tools we forget, I know that one… Laugh, a luxury problem. Make some, the long once I made are perfect for the drill press, as I can reach and hold from many position now. Smiles thank you.
Lew, Thank you Lew, yes it does make a difference, they are strong and sturdy.
doubleDD, we can always use more tolls… Laugh. Yes they have a good hold and the large star knobs makes them fast and easy to tighten. Thanks. Make some!
Foghorn, yes it's always a joy to upcycle craps, I keep finding it a little magic. Thanks.
stevejack, Thank you, it is a powerful message,
Best thoughts,
Mads
 

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you always supply the very best blogs there is no ? in my mind after looking at all the GR8 pictures thank you for that i can only guess it is very hard to make this GR8 blog GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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sounds like a beautiful day mads,for me it's just the wife and beagle.merry christmas my friend.
 

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Mads,
Thank you for such a thorough and kind reply. You are not only talented but thoughtful and caring. Your push stick is amazingly funny. I had to show my wife. She didn't "get it".

Fifteen years back, I had a finger cut off by a table saw. Thank God, a wonderful surgeon put it back. Table saws BITE!,

How did you make the hand shaped push stick?
 

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Hi hi ho,
Roger, smiles dear Roger, run Forest run. Thanks.
GR8HUNTER, Big thank you, what a Gr8 compliment. I just take pictures as I go and have done it for almost ten years now, so I don't even think about this. When writing the blogs, I usually just sit down and comment it photo by photo, often with a three finger whiskey, so honestly it's pure joy.
pottz, it was the best day in yeas, than you. Sounds nice at your place also.
Rob Drown, The push stick does take a special kind of humor, some people coming to the shop are quite scared and fin it not funny at all, so your wife is not alone. Smiles. Auuuucccch a finger cut off! So good to hear it is still there.
The push stick was actually just made from a plastic hand I found in the street one day and then a normal stick attached, it might have been a dog toy or a new year gadget…
Merry ChristMads again,
Mads
 
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