Jig Journal: Hold Handwork Without a Vise


Get started with hand tools without spending a bundle on a bench or vise.
By Robert. W Lang
Pages: 22-23

From the April 2009 issue #175
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A major stumbling block on the road to enjoyable woodworking is “lackoftoolaphobia,” the fear of not being able to do something without the best possible tool available. Common among power-tool woodworkers, it can also strike the would-be Neanderthal.

A basic skill such as sawing to a line can take you a long way in woodworking. If you practice, then cutting straight and where you want to isn’t that demanding. If you can make cuts repeatedly and consistently, how hard could it be to hand-cut a dovetail or a tenon?

You can satisfy that curiosity without investing in a state-of-the-art bench equipped with a fancy vise. Some scraps of wood and a few clamps will get you started. You will need a saw, but you’ll need some experience before you can tell the difference between a good saw and a bad one.


From the April 2009 issue #175
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