View Full Version : Hold Fast, pt 2

Jim Mahan
03-17-2017, 01:30 PM
Then a day or so ago, a sudden inspiration caused me to think that the initial heating of the bars to red hot, for the first part of the bending had annealed it enough to allow cold bending for the rest of it.


Just about ten minutes with a four foot section of one-inch galvanized pipe, and the shape is now exactly what I was shooting for.


This works.


A little work at the grinder and a little pounding with a four-pound hammer to tweak, and I now have a matched pair of steel holdfasts that cost at least forty bucks less than a store-bought pair. They are designed somewhat larger than the factory ones, too, which is useful for those odd bulky shapes. They are already paying off.


Keith Wilson
03-17-2017, 01:43 PM
Very nice! What are the bushings in the table made out of? Was that to repair worn holes, or something hard to ensure they don't wear?

Jim Mahan
03-17-2017, 01:57 PM
Those are black walnut. Because I have some. Harder than the white oak, which probably would have been fine with regular holes. The sleeves are loose, just a bare drive fit so they can be pulled up and used as bench dogs, too.

03-17-2017, 05:33 PM
Make me a pair!