Workholding

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‘Bench Duck’ – New Workholding from Veritas

At the HandWorks show in Amana, Iowa, last month, Veritas introduced publicly its newest innovation in workholding – a cam-lever hold-down that to me, looks like a duck. So until I’m told the official name of the tool, I’m calling it a Bench Duck. (I’ll likely call it that even after I know the...

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A Workholding Renaissance

After years of decline, the industry that makes vises and holdfasts for woodworkers has come roaring back. By Christopher Schwarz Pages 36-40 In my first book, “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” (Popular Woodworking Books), I urged fellow woodworkers to “fight progress” and “invent nothing” when it came to designing their workbenches. Boy, am I...

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’55 Best Shop-Made Jigs’

Make your workshop a safer and more efficient place to build with this new CD collection of our 55 favorite shop-made jigs, fixtures and appliances culled from the last 12 years of Popular Woodworking and Woodworking Magazine. On “55 Best Shop-Made Jigs” (there simply wasn’t room on the cover to also fit “fixtures &...

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The Icing on Work Standoffs

Poutine. Ice hockey. The outstanding parking ticket I owe in Montreal. I know I’m going to get spanked for this by our neighbors to the north, but those are the three things that come immediately to mind when I think of Canada. Yes, I know there are many wonderful things about Canada, and I...

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Authentic Holdfasts from Peter Ross

The first time I taught at Roy Underhill’s school in Pittsboro, N.C., Roy made sure that I met Peter Ross, a blacksmith who worked at Colonial Williamsburg for 25 years. We all ate dinner at gas station in Saxapawhaw – probably the best gas station food ever made on this planet. Seriously. Check this...