With the building of my new workbench I have a good problem to deal with. That problem is my holdfasts. I currently use the holdfasts made by Tools For Working Wood. They are great holdfasts and they don't break the bank, which is a good thing. But, with my new bench top coming in at just a tics hair under 5", the holdfasts I have will not work. Well, they would but then I would have to counter bore holes and all that fun stuff that I just don't want to deal with. So, enter Black Bear Forge.
While cruising the internet today I fell upon John Switzer at Black Bear Forge, and most importantly his holdfasts. He produces a fair amount of products besides holdfasts which peaked my interest too. Something to remember for some future projects. But, currently its the holdfasts that have me salivating.
He currently produces three different holdfast, of which I have decorated this blog post with. And the best part I feel is that they are all reasonably priced. This last one here, the Traditional Holdfast, is the one that really speaks to me. Good reach, low profile, and only costs $75.00, which is the most expensive go figure. To me that is a more than fair price since they are made to fit your personal bench specifications.
Though I don't currently own a holdfast from John right now, I am looking to purchase one or two very soon. So stay tuned for a future post about that.
I just wanted to through this out to the online community in case anyone was interested in some good old fashion holdfasts. Take some time and peruse John's site over at Black Bear Forge, he sure does make some nice stuff.