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Because a woodworker can never have enough clamps, Leigh Industries gives us their locking cam-action Hold-Down Clamp to hold your work to your bench.  The 90-degree lever lets you clamp down fast on stock up to 3″ thick.  They make the body of the clamp from a super-strong alloy and coat the heel and toe with non-marring nylon to protect your pricey woods.

Leigh makes two models of this clamp.  One goes in the standard 3/4″ bench-dog hole, and it’ll fit workbenches up to 4-1/2″ thick.  The other model attaches to the workbench via a mounting bracket that you install in your workbench by drilling a 1-1/2″ wide hole. This model comes with two anchors and additional surface-mount plates so you can put ’em all over your workbench.

Either model sells for $50.  Additional surface-mount plates are $20 for a pack of four.

Hold-Down Clamps [Leigh Industries]
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6 Responses to Leigh Hold-Down Clamps

  1. Kimber says:

    For quick inexpensive hold-downs; the top jaw pops off and on the newer Irwin quick-clamp bar clamps allowing them to fit a 3/4″ hole or 20mm Festool benchhole.

  2. David H says:

    The only problem I see with the Leigh clamp is that it needs a nut on the bottom of the workbench. That’s not always convenient. Lee-Valley has a really nice surface clamp that doesn’t require that, but it’s very expensive.

  3. David H says:

    @Kimber: Could you say more about how that Irwin clamp works? Do you just put the clamp bar into the hole and count on the levering friction to hold it there?

  4. fred says:

    I’m used to the no longer available Record/Marple M146 bench hold downs that had an in bench fixture and a mating clamp.

    TWW has a modern version of a holdfast that you tap in and tap out:


  5. Kimber says:

    David- the top jaw simply unclips from the bar then, after sliding the bar through bench dog hole, clips back on below the bench top. I’m not sure how durable these clamps are but they seem comparable to others. My Jorgensen quick clamps rare similar but it is requires unscrewing a nut(which could be dropped/lost) to remove and replace the upper jaw.
    Have some photos at:
    I’m not sure how to upload them to this site.

  6. @Kimber:

    After seeing the Pics you posted, I have to say that using your clamps as hold downs like that is slick as snot!

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