Easy-Access Strop

I often use hold-downs in my work. However, using a hold down with softer woods can often leave dents in the workpiece. When chopping dovetails, I've found that my leather strop was the perfect cushion to my holdfast. It keeps the workpiece from getting dented, and also keeps the strop close at hand. That way, while I work, I can quickly touch up my chisels while keeping my work protected.