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Thread: Great Holdfast/Batten Technique!

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    Great Holdfast/Batten Technique!

    My bench does not have an end-vise and I have used battens with my holdfasts to secure work, but I find this style of batten and method to be way ahead of how I have been doing it. This <<link>> is to Richard Maquire's blog The English Woodworker, where he demostrates his batten in a video. Check it out. Richard, if you don't know, is the owner of Maquire Workbenches.
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    That is a great idea, no doubt one forgotten and now revived!
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    The more tricks I see with holdfasts the more I like them. Really this is at least 5x faster than using my tail vise; at least as solid and offers the option of clamping almost anywhere on my bench. Its a ridiculously good and in hindsight obvious idea - but I'd never have thought of it myself I don't think.

    Someone should compile a viceless woodworking book :P

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    since I have not started my bench yet, I may have some re-designing to do, that is SLICK

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    Thanks for sharing. That's kool.

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    Well, it appears we are not the only ones that think this clamping technique is neat. I have seen other responses from the online community, but I could not help but link to Rob Campbell's blog (The Joiner's Apprentice) where he mentions it (lower down in the blog). I got to meet Rob earlier this year over at Port Townsend. He moved there this past year from Oregon and is now a teaching assistant at the Port Townsend Woodworking School.
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    That was an interesting video. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy,
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