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Cabinetman

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Don’t know what happened but you will need to expand the previous post to see my comment or here it is again. I am in the states at the moment and Gramercy holdfast are $40 a pair so I think somebody was lifting your leg! Or you can get them from Germany for about €45 a pair plus costs of course. Ian
 

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I’ve got a couple of gramercy ones which were great value for money - not sure if you can get them easily now post brexit. I’ve also got an auriou holdfast which is an absolute beast.

I tend to use the gramercy ones as the go-to as they are a bit lighter, and the auriou when I really want something to stay put.
+1 gramercy
 

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You don's say if you are a powertool user or prefer to wield the mallet, in which case your requirements are different and the workbench more substantial.

As a powertool user, albeit envious of those skilled with the mallet I only need a less substantial bench and use a few dogs with microjig dovetail slots to meet my needs, a very good all round flexible solution for me.
I consider myself a hybrid woodworker. I like using powertools, but I quite often reach for a chisel and have a blast with it.
 

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They may be $44 a pair in the US but here in OZ $66 each. I could only find one supplier for them here. Our importers like to have a little mark up. Being at the ends of the earth we have less options. International postage is also giving us the rough end of the pineapple.
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These come up quite often in '.vide greniers' (Boot sales) here in France where they are clled 'valets' and can be bought for one or two €'s.
 

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These look fairly easy to make. are there any advantages to the different shapes? Some are quite angular, others have different radius curves.
 

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Gramercy. I have two but as has been mentioned unless it's really big tend to use just one and a bench dog to stop things moving.
 

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I've ordered the pair of Sjobergs clamps - Already have a Sjoberg vice, so I already like them a bit. But also don't feel like hammering. So the decision was made

Thank you all for dropping the notes.
 

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