Lock your work down with shop-made hold-fasts

Nothing beats a hold-fast for keeping your workpiece anchored to your bench when an ordinary clamp just can’t reach.

To make your own, first cut the head off a 34 ×8" grade-5 bolt using a hacksaw. Bend 1⁄4"-thick hot-rolled steel barstock to match the pattern shown bottom of illustration. Drill a 1316 " hole in one end of the barstock and slide it onto the bolt, locking it in place with the nuts. Make half a dozen; you’ll be surprised just how handy they are.
—Ray Elashewich, Winchester, Va.


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