Workholding Strategies

Your workbench’s vise isn’t the only way to secure your workpieces.
By Lonnie Bird
Pages: 40-44

From the June 2006 issue #155
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Learning to use hand tools opens a whole new realm of woodworking possibilities. Planes, saws and chisels give your work fine details that can’t be matched by any machine. The narrow pins of a dovetail joint, the crisp surface texture from a handplane and the precise, piston fit of a drawer all speak of fine craftsmanship. They say, “This piece is handmade.”

An important part of using hand tools is having a sturdy workbench and an assortment of stops, clamps and jigs for holding the work securely. While there are a number of expensive benches and accessories  available for holding the work, you can also get set up for using hand tools without spending a small fortune. The keys are to construct a few simple fixtures and be creative in the manner you use your clamps.

From the June 2006 issue #155
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