Simon James Holdfasts (Pair) with Free 19mm Auger

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Supplied in pairs, these wonderful holdfasts are made by engineer turned cabinetmaker and author Simon James, they have been very cleverly designed with careful attention paid to finding the optimal combination of angles, arm length and temper to work in any solid benchtop, apron or leg from 1" to 3½"" thick.

They function superbly, and can almost be set with hand pressure alone, so with a bosh from a mallet they grip incredibly tightly.

To release the holdfasts just bash them on the back and they will pop free.

Simon checks and tests each holdfast, then marries them up in individually matched pairs, so you get very consistent clamping pressures from both.

FREE Star-M F-Type 19mm Auger bit worth £10.20 will be included with every pair of holdfasts.

  • To fit 19mm (¾") bench dog holes
  • Overall length: 13½"
  • Clearance required below the top surface of the bench: 10½"
  • Capacity: 6-7"
  • Hand forged in the UK.

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  • 5
    Great addition to the workshop

    Posted by David on 13th Jan 2021

    These are great. They really lock things down on your work surface and easily tap out when you want to move things around. They are beautifully made and I like the sense of using an 'old-fashioned' tool that works so well.

  • 3
    Good quality, but poor design

    Posted by Tim on 24th Dec 2020

    When I received these I was impressed at the heft and quality - they have a nice rough surface which grabs well in my 3/4 inch dog holes with one firm mallet tap. The issue I have is that the tips don't lie flat on the wood in use - when secured down, there is still an approximately 10 degree slope to the holding surface. This means that all the pressure is concentrated on the tip of the holdfast, rather than spread out across the pad, which means it will dent your piece unless you use another block of wood as a sacrificial piece. I've tried gluing leather to the tips, but it doesn't make any difference.

  • 5
    Excellent product

    Posted by Rob on 21st Nov 2019

    They hold really well, the finish is fantastic, just a really good quality product.

  • 5

    Posted by Ken on 10th Jun 2018

    Brilliant holdfasts, I have been using these since the day came out. Highly recommended