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Auriou Holdfast
Ref: AU-HF


What is a holdfast?

Basically it is an iron bar in the shape of a number seven. The long leg is dropped into the bench dog hole and tightened onto the work piece by a hammer blow. Another knock, on the back of the holdfast head will release it.

Simple and quick. Holdfasts were in use in Roman times.

Auriou have made a traditional holdfast based on the above principles. Richard Maguire, the very fine workbench maker from Lincolnshire, has assisted Auriou in the design approving prototypes.

It is designed for ¾" round bench holes and has a forged head (not cast steel), a chamfered arm with slightly convex pad (to stop the edge of the pad digging in to your workpiece) and a slightly undersized ¾"steel post. The holdfast can also be used on ¾" holes in the workbench legs.

The long arm is allows good access to work from all sides. The 13" hold-down post easily allows you to clamp deep pieces up to 5" thick.

The grip on the workpiece is extremely firm allowing you to plane, saw or chisel your work piece. As long as you have your mallet or hammer to hand this is a very quick and efficient workbench accessory.

If your worktop is very thin (1½" - 2") then you may have to roughen up the steel post to add further grip to the post. For workbenches of 2" plus this should not be required as the posts are shot blasted to give additional grip.

Unfortunately this item is not currently available. Please call us on 01473 784 983 or email sales@classichandtools.com to be added to our waiting list.

Price includes VAT 


Price: 69.60 (Including VAT at 20%)

Auriou Holdfast


Auriou Holdfast 69.60
Special Offer - 2 Auriou holdfasts 125.00



Simon James Holdfast
Ref: SJ-HF


Hand made, using traditional methods and a small forge by experienced craftsmen as a cottage industry. They are not mass produced so every one has very slight differences, which is what you expect with hand made workmanship. They are all hand stamped with the Simon James logo.

Made from 18mm steel and are designed to fit 19mm or 3/4" holes.

Overall shaft length is 12" (30cm)
Overall length of reach is 6½" (16.5cm)
Weight is 1kg (each)

Unfortunately this item is not currently available. Please call us on 01473 784 983 or email sales@classichandtools.com to be added to our waiting list.

The price is for a pair and includes VAT 


Price: 49.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

Simon James Holdfast



Veritas Fast-Action Hold-Down
Ref: 05G47.01


Hold-down clamp with integrated cam lock for quick clamping on the bench top. The arm is pressed down by turning the cam lever and reliably holds all kinds of workpieces in place. The arm has a low-profile clamping end, allowing good access to work from all sides. Comes with protective leather pad for padding the clamp for sensitive surfaces.

Jaw depth 120 mm, Jaw height 200 mm, Shaft diameter 19 mm

Price includes VAT 


Price: 75.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

Veritas Fast-Action Hold-Down

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Lie-Nielsen Holdfast
Ref: LN-Holdfast


Inspired by the work of master blacksmith, Peter Ross. Cast Ductile Iron, hot oil finish. Fits a 3/4" diameter hole in a benchtop up to 4" thick (if your benchtop is thicker, you may need to relieve the bottom third of the hole to 1" diameter). Low profile, flexible enough to grip the work firmly, but easily loosened with a hammer.

Overall shaft length is 13" (33.0 cm)
Overall length of reach is 7-1/4" (18.4 cm)
Weight is 2.15 lbs. (0.975 kg).

Price incl VAT 


Price: 54.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

Lie-Nielsen Holdfast

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Veritas Bench Hold Down
Ref: 05G1401


The Veritas hold-down can clamp workpieces to a bench or anywhere a 3/4" hole can be drilled.

Exceptionally high clamping forces can be obtained with this hold-down for two reasons. First, with the arm free to pivot independently, all levered forces are exerted downward, without any losses due to horizontal slippage from the canting action of the hold-down post. Second, the fine barb-shaped grooves on the post resist upward forces, yet still allow easy entry into a hole. The long, low-profile arm is unobstructed at the clamping end, allowing good access to work from all sides. The 10" hold-down post gives you 8" of clamping capacity, matching the 8" throat capacity.

For use in holes where through travel is limited, a retrofit shorter hold-down post is available separately. At just 5-1/2" long, it provides about 4" of clamping capacity.

Used vertically in the top of a bench, or hori-zontally in a side skirt. Clamping forces are infinitely variable by tightening the clamping knob (machined brass) to any degree. The arm and body are made from the high-strength zinc-aluminum alloy ZA-12, and the post from machined steel.

Patented. 


Price: 71.92 (Including VAT at 20%)

Veritas Bench Hold Down

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Optional 5 1/2" Post for Hold-Down
Ref: 05G1402


For use in holes where through travel is limited, a retrofit shorter hold-down post is available separately. At just 5-1/2" long, it provides about 4" of clamping capacity. 


Price: 8.00 (Including VAT at 20%)

Optional 5 1/2

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Veritas Bench Dogs & Pups
Ref: 05G04


These are made from solid brass rod. Sold in pairs.

The crosshatching and 2° slope on the face help to hold wood securely, pulling it down onto the bench's surface. A side spring slides cleanly and holds it in position.

The dogs are 110mm (4.3/8") long, the pups 60mm (2.3/8").

Both work well in combination with Veritas Wonder Dog and Wonder Pup Clamps. For 19mm(3/4") dog hole.

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Veritas Bench Dogs & Pups

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Veritas Bench Dog 21.58
Veritas Bench Pup 18.11



Veritas Wonder Dog and Pup
Ref: 05G10


Steel post and screw with black oxide finish, solid brass clamp head and handle.

These can pivot in any direction that clamping is required. An easy-adjusting handle provides ample clamping pressure in any position. The dog head has two screw holes, so any tip shape can be cut with a scroll saw and attached for specialized work.

The Wonder Dog post is 6½" and is drilled and tapped at a 3° angle, the side spring smoothly adjusts the clamp head at any desired position.

The Wonder Pup post is 2¾" and a rubber O-ring around the dog post allows for height adjustment.

Both the Dog and Pup install in a 3/4" hole.

Both work well in combination with Veritas Bench Dog and Pups.

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Veritas Wonder Dog and Pup

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Veritas Wonder Dog - 05G1001 28.27
Veritas Wonder Pup - 05G1002 25.42