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    looking for some good hold fasts

    dont want the rockler ones that seem to be breaking.. and have looked at the highland hardware ones but dont know how they stand up either..and of you using them what and where do i go to find them thanks in advance.. or if using regular clamps instead is better in your eyes then let me know your thoughts on that as well
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    Larry,
    I don't use a hold down very often, so usually just use one of my regular clamps, but if you need something to permanently install, Grizzly has a variety that you might find one you like.
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    chuck ,, i am using clamps now and have found that they arent cutting it for some applications.. the ones that bill satko showed in his new bench are what ia m looking for or similar idea... not looking for permant type need to move them around for other projects
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    If you want real hold fasts, then buy some of these >> Gramercy Hold Fasts << and be done with it. I have two, I wish I had four

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    Another recommendation for Gramercy holdfasts. They work great and are inexpensive. I would also like to get a pair of hand forged holdfasts. Phil Koontz is probably the guy I am going to contact. Here is the link to his web page with his contact info. Ignore where it says that they are out of stock. He does not update his website. You can google his name and "holdfast" and see more information from others on his product.

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    thanks guys the gramercy ones will work just fine,, and i had typed the question right this time stu i knew what i was after by the right name
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    I use holddowns a lot. In my work I like to grab the piece I am working on in a little more controlled fashion as I mostly use holddowns on 'close to finished' parts as opposed to rough stock. For the smack-in kind the Gramercy ones Stu mentions get consistent high praise as far as I have read. I bought some F-style clamps on sale at Harbor Freight, cut the ends off and made these:
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I bought some F-style clamps on sale at Harbor Freight, cut the ends off and made these:
    For one small improvement to your mod, drill a hole thru the clamp's beam, at just the height of the bench top. Then, insert a dowel or a bolt in that hole to keep the clamp's beam from dropping down thru the dog hole.
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    now those would work well in my situation i have some surface area where i cant get deep enough and yet those would work to hold things in place. thanks glenn.. now i will be near a harbor fright place this week as well.
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    Glenn, that's an amazing idea I'm off to HF in the morning.
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