Good morning you all. Next months i will build my workbench : in my dreams, it will own a lateral vise and a bench dog, at least in order to secure the board. This is my dream: reality is a bit different from it: i don’t have a work bench but i want toi learn planing by hand. Is there a Tricky method to fix the board , not requiring alaterla vise???
As you’ll soon find out, a workbench is imperative to doing good work with hand tools. But many people have come up with some wonderful solutions to work without one, and by far the simplest and most effective is planing up against a stop screwed to whatever top you’re using for now. But instead of pushing against the stop, pull your plane towards you Japanese-style. You have more control, but less power. I did this on the table of my radial arm saw until I finally built my own workbench. Until you have a real workbench, this will work fine, especially when you realize that a board doesn’t have to be held in a death-grip for you to work it.
Lots of options. One is the holdfast and batten: http://www.theenglishwoodworker.com/?p=1434 and some creative use of clamps and wedges can even mean you don’t need the holdfast. You can even make your own wedged wagon vise and leg vise.
Also you can make your own makeshift bench out of most any sturdy or not so sturdy desk as long as it has some sturdy parts to it. Add construction adhesive and maybe some cross boards for strength and you’ll have a lot better makeshift work surface than you would have thought. If you don’t have anything currently, look on craigslist or other places where students or other people throw out broken or unwanted furniture.
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