Shop Trick - Notched Batten for Withholding a.k.a No Tail Vise, No Problem (Watch Vid for Its Use)

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Project by ChuckM posted 06-20-2013 03:14 PM 3425 views 19 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Richard, owner of the English Woodworker blog (, generously shared a withholding trick he learned from his grandfather for securing a workpiece on the workbench without the use of a tail vise.

I’ve made two such battens, using scraps of different thicknesses to cater for thin and thick workpieces. For the thinner batten, I chose to adhere a sandpaper to the back. To make this kind of batten, you’ll need:

A scrap, a layout tool and pencil, a saw, and 10 minutes or less. In this case, cutting it by hand is as fast as doing it on a bandsaw.

PS If you don’t have a holdfast, you can use it with a clamp.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 06-20-2013 03:16 PM

Interesting idea thanks for sharing it.

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#2 posted 06-20-2013 03:35 PM

Thanks Chuck. I enjoyed the video link on how to use the batten.

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#3 posted 06-20-2013 04:38 PM

Fantastic device! I could have used one of these years ago been struggling with hand flattening boards on my bench. I’ve got to try this, thanks for showing.

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#4 posted 06-20-2013 04:58 PM

Now I’ll have to rethink putting a tail vice in my planned bench.

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#5 posted 06-21-2013 03:14 PM

Awesome! I can use this method til I build my bench! Maybe then I’ll skip the wagon vise entirely. Is there a reason you put the arc in your version or is it just aesthetics?

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#6 posted 06-21-2013 03:39 PM

Hi Dinger,

The arc is just part of the scrap. To remove it would have made the batten a little too narrow and it’s therefore left as is. Chuck

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