Crucible Tool is Now Open for Business


You can now visit, and read up on our holdfasts, our new dividers and why we started this company. I’ll be adding a lot more blog entries in the coming week, including:

  1. How to retrofit a benchtop to use 1”-diameter holdfast holes.
  2. How to carefully ream holdfast holes for a sweet fit with the tool’s shaft.
  3. A tour of Chris Erhart Foundry, where our holdfasts are poured.
  4. An update on the next batch of dividers.

Note that we are not taking backorders for the dividers. To prevent us from getting into a bad situation that plagues many young businesses, we have decided to sell only what we have in stock. No backorders. No waiting lists.

When we have stock, we will announce in advance when the dividers will go up on the site so everyone has a fair shot. And we think we’ll soon have enough to keep them in continuous stock.

We have plenty of holdfasts and T-shirts in stock.

— Christopher Schwarz

About Lost Art Press

Publisher of woodworking books and videos specializing in hand tool techniques.
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5 Responses to Crucible Tool is Now Open for Business

  1. momist says:

    Just wondering why you chose 1″ for the holdfasts, when everyone else uses a smaller diameter around 3/4″ or 7/8″? Reaming an existing hole to 1″ seems a big investment in time and energy, and also means making or buying new bench dogs.

    • raney says:

      The only good answer to this is that we think it’s worth the effort. It’s going to be different for different setups, but I actually don’t see all that many benches where the commonly used holdfast holes are also being used for bench dogs – but that is of course going to differ among benches and users.

      We’re not trying to suggest everyone needs to make the investment in time, energy, and frankly money. In my experience, though, I haven’t run across anyone who regretted the switch – especially if you’ve got a relatively thick bench and use your holdfasts a lot.


  2. Mark Baker says:

    You have my in-divided attention .

  3. bsrlee says:

    Hopefully you will put up International shipping prices for small items like the dividers/compasses so us fanboys who live outside the USA can get them online, without having to hop on a plane to Cincinnati – I don’t remember anything about you making enough (or having enough $$ margin) to supply other retailers.

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