Thanks for showing us all the pictures of the process. Enjoyed following this thread.
I bought those hold fasts when I built the bench. They where hand forged by a blacksmith (who’s name I don’t remember) East of Pittsboro and a friend of Ed at the tools store there. They work well on this bench and are well worth what I paid. Now for the record these are not Peter Ross hold fasts, I would have liked a pair from him but he had a long wait and these were ready, so there you go. A quick history on my hold fasts. I think they not only look good but they hold extremely well too.Very nice looking gauges. You have a very nice looking hold fast as well. What’s the history on that?