OK, I’m going to sound like I have a “man crush” on Joel Moskowitz with this blog entry. But when I think about the simplest inventions in my lifetime that have changed my work, the Gramercy holdfast is pretty much at the top of my list.
For just $35 you can get a pair of holdfasts that will last you forever and a day. They work in benchtops both thin and thick (if your top is crazy thick, watch this video). And they look better the more you beat on them. And the more tarnished and whacked they get, the better they hold.
I have been using these holdfasts for eight years now, ever since Joel began passing around prototypes and applying (successfully) for a patent.
If you don’t have a pair of these holdfasts, get your spouse to rectify that this holiday season. Even if you are power-tool-only woodworker, you will use these to secure your work as you sand it, Domino it or biscuit it.
— Christopher Schwarz
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