I think it’s brilliant! If a clamp works well securing material on a dovetail jig, why not use it at the bench? That’s what Leigh did by converting the material clamps from their dovetail and FMT jigs into bench hold down clamps. Leigh’s Hold-Down Clamps, $49.95, can be mounted to any surface because they’re available in two styles. The Bench Hold-Down Clamp, shown on the left, works with through bench dog holes, or a hole you drill, and fastens to benches up to 4-1/4″ thick using a threaded rod and speed nut.
The Surface Hold-Down Clamp mounts into Leigh’s Surface Clamp Anchor. The Anchor is easy to install; just bore a 1-1/2″ hole and secure the anchor with the included screws. One additional Anchor is included with the clamp, and packs of four anchors are available ($19.95) so you can easily create multiple mounting locations for the clamp.I like these hold-downs a lot. They provide enough pressure to secure a board for routing and belt sanding, and are quick and easy to adjust. They’ll grab thin material and beefier stock up to 3″ thick.
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