No Vise, No Workbench, No Problem: The Best Ways To Hold Your Woodworking with a Simple Wooden Batten

No Vise, No Workbench, No Problem: How to Hold Your Woodworking with an Easy Wood Batten

I’m a lucky man. My family has actually permitted me to dedicate half our basement into a devoted store space, complete with a custom-made woodworking bench and a growing collection of tools. It’s bright, tidy (at least today), and I’m slowly turning it into a practical work area that will enable me to be as efficient as possible.

It took me a long time to get here. For almost fifteen years, I worked out of dining-room and back patios and parts of the garage, carrying my tools around in plastic totes and house center toolboxes, setting up shop on the cleaning maker, folding tables, and 1/2″ plywood scraps screwed to 2x4s.

And, in the early days, it was that absence of a proper workbench that avoided me from believing I could might utilize hand tools. Without a vise and hold downs, how might I securely secure my work for handplaning, chiseling, or sawing?The response: a batten, which will take you 5 minutes to make and turns any flat surface into a work bench. Let’s make one!

Begin by picking a piece of wood (or plywood), about 2-3″ large, and 18 or so inches long. Preferably it will be at least 3/4 of the depth of your worksurface. I’m utilizing a scrap of western maple, 2 3/8″ large.

Make sure the edge is cut at 90 °, then draw a small tick mark 1/4″ from each side. Use a combination square or speed square to draw a 45 ° line in from each tick mark. They’ll meet in the center of the board.

Eliminate this bird’s mouth shape utilizing whatever you have: a back saw, jig saw, coping saw,

band saw. Then, collect the rest of your products. You’ll need a second long piece of wood (like a plywood scrap)

and some clamps( or, if you can, some screws )Establish the long piece of wood as a stop against the end your worksurface. If you’re best handed, that’s the left side; if you’re a leftie, then the ideal side. Secure or screw it in place.

Then, butt your workpiece up to the stop, thenpush the notch in the batten approximately your wood.< img alt height =667 src ="" width=800 data-cfsrc= "// )/"data-pin-media = > If you’re handplaning, etc, it’s finest to set the batten against the opposite back corner, so it can take in the force from pushing back as well as holding it side to side.

Wiggle everything around to make sure it’s secure, then check the clamps. And, voila– your wood is now protected.

You might need to reposition this a couple of times depending upon how you’re working, however this an excellent method to turn a lightweight garage work table into a location for woodworking. Or, if you can get away with it-your cooking area island or dining space table.

Now, get some woodworking done!