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Winter 2013-2014

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Inexpensive Bench Hold-Down






The last thing I want to do is chase my material around the workbench so I can work on it. Hold-down clamps excel when you need pressure in the middle of a bench where other clamps can’t reach. The Jorgensen Hold-Down Clamp for workbenches, $15 for two, is like getting two extra hands at a price that’s hard to beat. The clamp is easy to mount in your bench, and it’s got plenty of grab.


The hold-downs have a 4-1/2-in. capacity, minus the thickness of your workbench. They require a 3/4-in. hole. A large nut with a quick release grabs the hold-down under the bench. The quick release lets you make rapid adjustments without screwing or unscrewing the nut. A cam lever locks the clamp onto your material. The Jorgensen Hold-Downs have soft jaws, so you don’t need any clamp pads.