Hello, My name is Amos Tucker. I am a machinist, welder, and blacksmith. Having many friends in woodworking I was constantly being asked to make holdfasts. After trying several of the production versions like, Gramercy, Lie Nielson, Veritas etc... I decided to develop my own with modifications that improve performance, namely Forged Steel, 90 degree striking pad, and a smooth tapered leg.
As a blacksmith my holdfasts are hand made one at a time traditionally with a hammer, anvil, and forge. The only exception is the tapered leg which I turn on a lathe and then sand smooth.
The smooth tapered leg design increases the "bite" or holding ability and decreases wear in the hole of the workbench. This differs from the Lie Nielsen Holdfast design which is made of cast ductile iron and has an unfinished leg.
The sharp 90 degree upset corner makes for a good striking surface, and allows for a low profile arm that doesn't get in the way. This differs greatly from the Gramercy holdfast which has a large curved corner and a high profile arm.
The foot on my design has been sanded smooth and is slightly convex in both directions to prevent damage to the surface of your stock. Normally you would use a scrap piece of wood for this, and that is still advised, but should you forget you won't have a bad dent to get out.
My most popular size holdfast is 3/4" which fits in a 3/4" hole in "any" thickness workbench, provided the hole has been bored straight (Spade and Fostner bits tend to produce curved holes when drilled by hand). Pricing is as follows...
1 @ $70.00 plus shipping
2 @ $65.00 each " Free Shipping* "
12 or more @ $55.00 each " Free Shipping* "
*Free shipping available to the lower 48 states only. International shipping available on request at your cost.