Holdfast Clamps & Bench Dogs/ Workbench Build Part 3

Holdfast Clamps & Bench Dogs/ Workbench Build Part 3

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This is the third video in the new workbench series where I will show you how I built all the accessories that will make it more comfortable
to work on it, while at the same time making it more versatile. These are the hold fast clamps. I thought about using a cap nut and a washer with a beveled hole to allow for better rotation and tilting, which makes them very convenient when holding pieces in all of the bench’s holes, both in the front and on the benchtop. I’ve also attached a front bench vise and made some dogs that will hold the pieces on the benchtop. This bench can also make repetitive cuts. If you are interested, check out how to make
them in this other video in my channel. I’ll start with the hold fast clamps. I’ll cut all of their pieces from a beech
finger joint board which was leftover from the benchtop. I cut it to size with the table saw, smooth
one of its sides with the jointer and trim it to its required thickness with the planer. Since the board is made of several pieces
of wood, I’ll try to cut whole pieces without joints. Here we can see one of the board’s finger
joints, it’s definitely a very strong bond! I mark the positions of the holes and drill
them with the column drill. I’ll use a steel rod, though a steel pipe with the same diameter and a 3mm wall couldalso be used instead. Now I’ll drill the holes for the threaded
insert. Here we could also use a t-nut. Now I’ll mark the outline of the pieces
so that I can later cut them with the band saw and I sand all their sides with the disc
sander. I apply some oil and place the threaded insert
in its hole. Since it’s a little longer than necessary,
I’ll sand it down to size. I attach and sand down the steel pipe, and make some marks on it with a file so that the glue works better. I’ll use polyurethane adhesive, but epoxy
could work too. Once the adhesive is dry, I wipe off any that’s
leftover and apply some linseed oil on the wood. I’ll cut the pressure pads from another
piece of beechwood. First I drill holes for the washers and the
cap nut, then I cut with the band saw and finish them off with the disc sander. I countersink one of the washers in the central hole and trim the nuts a little so that they fit more loosely in the hole. I’ll cut the pressure pad covers from another piece of beechwood, and now I can put together the hold fast clamps. First I put screws in the knobs I already
built and lock them with a nut and a washer. I could also use a long handle, like the one clamps usually come with, but I prefer knobs as they take up less space. I apply glue to fasten the pressure pad covers, put in the washers and use some grease for lubrication so that the cap nut turns more easily. I also put some polyurethane adhesive between the cap nut and the screw, tighten the screw and apply pressure between the pad and its covers. Now I’ll install the vise. First I’ll screw the beechwood back jaw
to the bench. I mark the positions of the holes for the
vise and drill them with the column drill. I also make some holes on the bottom of the piece to screw it on the benchtop. I’ll use hex lag bolts. I’ll also fasten three screws to the front
of the piece. I’ve changed the design of the vise a little
compared to the one in the plans, but both are just as good. Maybe later on I’ll design my own home-made bench vise. Using some of the leftover beechwood from the benchtop, I’ll cut the front jaw parts. I’ll join two pieces with glue to make it thicker. Once the glue is dry, I’ll flatten all its
surfaces with the jointer. I mark the position of the vise guides once more and drill holes with the column drill. By tilting the jointer fence, I’ll make
a bevel on all of the outer edges. I make sure everything is okay and mark the positions of the bench dog holes. Now I’ll cut and glue on with contact adhesive two pieces of rubber on both jaws, which will protect the wood pieces when held by the vise. I apply some linseed oil and screw the front jaw to the vise after ensuring it’s level with the benchtop. Now I’ll make the dogs using this piece
of steel pipe. I’ve also cut some pieces of beechwood and rounded off their edges to insert in the steel pipe hole. I cut a recess on the upper part of the dog and smooth down all its surfaces with the belt sander. I glue a piece of wood on them that will stop the dogs falling through the holes, as well as protect the workpieces to be held down on the bench. Lastly, I’m going to install this bench
vise, sent to me by the company Piher, so that I can work with metals without damaging the front vise with wooden jaws. I’ll make a plywood support in order to
attach it to the bench quickly. That’s all for today. In a few days I’ll post a new video where
I’ll add drawers and doors to the workbench. I’ll try to cut all the parts with the cutting
station built into the bench itself.

100 thoughts on “Holdfast Clamps & Bench Dogs/ Workbench Build Part 3

  • Paoson WoodWorking Post author

    If you'd like to help me, you can upload subtitles in your own language following this link:

  • JB Marker Post author

    Nice precise work. Looks good.

  • Павел 1 Post author


  • Мастер в Доме62TV Post author

    Отличное решение !!! Сделано красиво и надёжно !!!

  • Criart Tub Post author


  • Desideria Pez Post author

    No me canso de verte trabajar!

  • Desideria Pez Post author

    Una pregunta Suso, el sobre de mi banco tiene unos 4cm y debajo son todo cajones, ósea que los 4 centímetros de madera ¿bastaría con eso para introducir las barras d acero? Quiero decir no saldrían por abajo.

  • Alejandro Mallo Post author

    Tá to wapo, neno! xD

  • Fernando Gonzalez Post author

    Wow. Great work thanks for sharing your ideas..

  • Jose Maria Post author

    En el minuto 7:55 después de encolar, echas un producto a la cola. ¿Que es? Solo se me ocurre que sea alguna arenisca para que no se muevan los tableros al enfrentarlos. Es una suposición. Gracias.

  • Шыбла Элия Post author

    спасибо. очень толково

  • Taller Salvatore Jimeno Post author

    Son muy útiles amigo esos topes debiera tenerlos cualquiera mesa de carpintería yo voy hacerme los míos gracias

  • Loquesemeocurra Post author

    Que perfección en todo lo que haces, no te dejas ningún detalle.

  • Marianeitor Post author

    I need find another word better and bigger than AMAZING!!!!!!! Muy buen trabajo, abrazo desde Córdoba, Argentina.

  • Rick Palechuk Post author

    Loving this series! Lots of great ideas.

  • Всего понемногу Post author

    all three parts perfectly

  • Aleksamaker Post author

    Can I use a regular aluminium pipe for a metal bar if I want a traditional style of holdfast

  • Slah Samet Post author

    great work friend .. as usual .. 😉

  • X JWill Post author

    What is the purpose for the bandsaw cuts to thin the ends of the holdfasts?

  • Just Build It Canada Post author

    Awesome work bench 🔥👍🔥👍great video love the hold downs👍👍

  • Roberto C. Peralta B. Post author

    Muy buen trabajo no sabía que el señor Jhony Sims fuese un ingeniero mis respetos sus trabajos son muy buenos cuando ví la calidad de sus construcciones inmediatamente me suscribi espero más vídeos adonde buenos .por cierto mi padre es carpintero y yo soy electrónico industrial pero también se de carpintería por mi padre ahora soy carpintero electrónico 😉

  • Roberto C. Peralta B. Post author

    Lo de Jhony Sims es broma no se vaya a molestar se lo dice Jhony S. 😉

  • Yo Ya Post author

    Perfect as usual

  • Making HUERTAS Stuff Post author

    Impresionante, un gran trabajo. Un saludo

  • Hector Post author

    Super incredible awesome advanced ideaaaa….! you're going to break the business to those who sell metal holdfat in more than one hundred bucks jajaja

  • Angiolina Tadiotto Post author

    You have a Sublime fantasy and manuality, you work with a unique royalty! Congratulations, I always follow you with great pleasure.

  • Jorge Villalobos Post author

    Is that a jointer and planer in one machine? Is something like that available in the us? I have never seen something like that before would appreciate it if you could let me know where can I find one

  • Roberto Pereira Post author

    Fico impressionado com a precisão e perfeição em tudo que você faz… Parabéns.

  • raffles manriquez soto Post author

    Todo está quedando fenomenal, insisto, preciso, muy funcional y práctico. Nuevamente Felicidades.

  • I Enjoy Creating Videos Post author

    Great work on the hold fast clamps Suso! Thank you for sharing the video with us.👌😎👍JP

  • Alexander Gusmão Post author

    Excelente projeto

  • Buscale la Vuelta Post author

    Me encanta la prolijidad con la que haces las cosas…. Sigue así, Saludos desde Argentina

  • Сергей Post author

    Супер! 👍👍👍👏👏👏

  • HENRY ! Post author

    Excellent build!!!

  • DonDeTango Post author

    What clamps are these at 8:03 ?
    Thank you very much!

  • Şahane bilgiler Post author

    my friend. very nice. thank you so much. bravo.. be happy…

  • Billy Stray Post author


  • Me Dicen Peter Post author

    7:40 note que usaste guantes cuando cortaste la madera, no lo hagas o te ocasionará un retroceso

  • Me Dicen Peter Post author

    He intentado hacer los mismos proyectos que tu pero no me salen 🙁

  • ANTONIO ARIAS Post author

    Exelente trabajo me gusta 🤔

  • Remy Garon Post author

    Awesome i want one👏👏👏🇨🇦🇨🇦

  • Ondrej Janovec Post author

    Looks good.

  • Valdeci Alves Post author

    Muito bom parabéns

  • Klussen met Henk Post author

    It's never boaring to look at your video's. Good Job again Suso 👍

  • Andrej White Post author

    Always plesure to watch your projects. 👍👍👍

  • SNM CustomWork Post author

    Nice accesories for the workbench. I like it.

  • Walther Pichler Post author

    Hallo, leider kann ich kein Englisch, aber vielleicht kannst Du meine Frage trotzdem lesen. Hast. Du für die Bank-Haken vielleicht Pläne und was kosten die . Wäre schön wenn Du mir antworten würdest. Meine E-Mail-Adresse ist [email protected] Viele Grüße Walther

  • Dmitrulin53 Post author

    So beautifull and genius. I love your work.

  • Chester Mujibelo Post author


  • 9and7 Post author

    Bench dogs from Top Dog.

    Muchos Gracias!

  • Ron Snyder Post author

    The project is so outstanding. You are inspiring me to make one for myself.

  • Chez Boul Post author


  • Ziolù Post author

    fantastic 👍👍

  • SuppenHahnBier Post author

    So you have some Plans for the holdfasts or know a different source?

  • Geoffrey W. Blee Post author

    Wow, fabulous workshop

  • Elétricom Post author


  • Michael Campbell Post author

    Very cool; I learned 3-4 new tricks from this video, not even related to the bench dogs!

  • Tad Millane Post author

    What kind of column drill is that drill stand? I've been looking for something like that and can't find one. Thanks for the great video

  • Andreas Berglund Post author


  • Nuno Santos Post author

    Vi os 4 videos e fiquei simplesmente fascinado. Excelente trabalho. Desde a preparação e projeto em computador, passando pelo excelente trabalho de montagem/apresentação em vídeo e finalmente toda a tecnica, experiencia e saber culminaram num explendido trabalho. Muito grato por partilhar trabalhos tão espetaculares. Bem haja. Tudo de bom para si.👏👏👏

  • J.L. González Post author

    👍👍👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏 beautiful work¡¡¡¡

  • John Kelley Brown Post author

    Who makes that jointer/planer you are using? What model? I need that!

  • l3ender15 Post author

    Very nice!

  • Benjamin Hansson Post author

    This is some high quality stuff ! You're a genius !

  • Gordon Promish Post author

    AT 07:56 – What did you salt your glue with, and why?

  • adriano ruggeri Post author

    Hi Paoson, Great job … congratulations!

    A question: where did you buy the clamp tubes and what size did you take?
    If you please, you can add the site link, thanks!

  • Brian F Post author

    Very glad I have found your videos.
    Awesome to see new techniques buy someone who has put so much time into their craft.

  • Dennis Koper Post author

    My level for liking a video just went up a notch.

  • Jessie James Post author

    Whats keeping the steel pipe in the hole? Keeping it from popping out when you try to clamp it.

  • Astur Manuel Post author

    fascinating number one

  • Astur Manuel Post author

    I want one like that!!!

  • Мария Крюгер Post author

    Вы гений!

  • velcroman11 Post author

    I like the quick release metal vice but using the wood vice to hold it down could mean a lot of swapping about on a big job.  What about putting it further away and using dog clamps or quick release clamps to hold the vice in place.  This way you have both vices in play without having to swap them in and out.  Still, a great work bench.

  • zahltag1979 Post author

    Welchen hobel hast du da stehen?! Klasse Arbeit

  • raffles manriquez soto Post author

    Más que excelente. Todos los accesorios y las prensas holdfast están de súper lujo, felicitaciones.

  • Alexander Navarro Causil Post author

    Felicitaciones, esos vídeos además de instructivos son relajantes, me gustan mucho, gracias Paoson

  • Leos Tüftelei Post author

    Nice work ! 👍

  • Rachmaninov Post author

    You are not a carpenter or a wood worker….. you are a magician.
    You do not simply work…… you celebrate what you do.
    You do not create a well done "thing"….. you are the highest artist I've ever seen.
    This is not a work bench….. this is poetry.

  • Mikel Fender Post author

    Pretty cool man!!!

  • Luis Ruben Medina Post author

    Tengo unos años viendo videos de como hacer una mesa de carpintero y esta mesa es la mejor de muchas que he visto, excelente mesa y te agradecería que me me dijeras que software utilizas,saludos.

  • TheBiggerrich Post author

    Love that you are using the bench you are making to make the bench! 👍🏼

    Is there anything in your shop that isn’t made of plywood?

  • Dominic Ciancibelli Post author

    Absolutely insane quality craftsmanship! A pleasure learning from this video!

  • Rob Sterling Post author

    👎🏻👎🏻👎🏻 The planer-jointer isn’t made of 80% plywood. The vice isn’t made from a scaffolding leg. The knobs on the bandsaw throat height aren’t hand made. Just kidding.. Going to be making those bench dog clamps and like the way you finished off the dog holes learned something new 30 years into woodworking. Kudos for all the hand made machinery can’t believe this is my first of your videos I’ve run across after 15 or so bench videos and 6 months of watching shop set up videos.

  • markforrestsm Post author

    Amazing skills and imagination. Looking around your workshop and the tools you've created had me watching in wonder!!

  • Nestor Vera Post author

    Hola, gracias X dar tus conocimientos excelente videos, me gusta la carpintería y veo este ingenioso trabajo. Excelente.. gracias.

  • Robert Balkovec Post author

    Fml… I just love every single detail in your shop!! For how many years are in woodworking?

  • Сергей Банников Post author

    почему фуганок не из фанеры?

  • Klaus Meyer Post author

    Ein toller Tisch mit vielen Raffinessen, Präzise Verarbeitung, durchdachtes System und ein Ergebnis was sich sehen lassen kann. Respekt zu dieser tollen Arbeit !!

  • bestickpierre mangoeslegrand Post author

    what is the diameter and what material aluminum or stainless steel or iron

  • Matematiks Post author

    Man, you put precision on another level, really !
    Ant what I learned from your videos, is that there are non need of high quality expensive woodworking machines to do precise job, which is what I think until now…. Of course it helps and save time for sure, but not mandatory.
    You are very skilled and work so clean and precise! Genius ideas as well !

    Happy to find your Chanel man! Regards!

  • Ashley Wragg Post author

    What do you sprinkle on at 7:53? Is it to prevent the two pieces sliding while being clamped? Thanks. Awesome work, and love all your wooden power tools.

  • Ashley Wragg Post author

    I've watched 100's of workbench videos. And I learnt new things here

  • Андрей Ю Post author

    Хорошая работа! Спасибо за русские субтитры.

  • Александр Доровиков Post author

    Очень круто 👍🏻

  • владимир кислый Post author

    Я в восторге от такого классного мастера

  • юзик думанов Post author

    Ecsellent Work mei Frend!

  • cameron papineau Post author

    Can you review your jointer planner combo?

  • Christian Müller Post author

    That is the best workbench I've ever seen. Really! Fantastic work!

  • João Ferreira Post author

    Hi can you tell me your planer/jointer model?

  • Jason Elliott Post author

    Really fantastic to watch this table come together! there is this guy, Jeremy Schmidt, that makes a radius jig for his belt grinder, but I could really see you adding this idea to your disc sander to help with the parts that you make. here is his link,
    Anyways, thanks again for showing off! lol!

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