More Holdfasts Today
Posted on 20 February 2017
I picked up some more holdfasts at Erhart Foundry today, so we now have plenty on hand in the store.
The Erhart foundry has been slammed with work the last couple months because a foundry north of here went out of business. Also, the other iron foundry here in Cincinnati, Cast-Fab Technologies, closed late last year.
Despite the tumult, Erhart is on track to keep us supplied with holdfasts.
Update on the Dividers
We’re currently in negotiations to move production to a facility in Lexington, which will be able to turn them out much faster than we can. We hope to have that up and running in two or three weeks.
Raney and I are designing some other tools and we’ll have some prototypes finished this week. We hope to have at least one of these in production and for sale at Handworks. These new tools aren’t as tricky to make as the dividers, so we are hoping for smooth sailing.
True story: When the production machinist who will likely be making the dividers looked at them he said: “As far as difficulty goes, on a scale of one to 10, these are a nine.”
Kind of like making a Maloof rocker as your first woodworking project.
— Christopher Schwarz