Workholding On A Traditional Workbench // Viseless Tips // Woodworking

Workholding On A Traditional Workbench // Viseless Tips // Woodworking

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For my work, my workbench is the most important tool in my shop. I show in this video why that is the case. It does an incredible job of holding my work in any possible position I need. I show viseless workholding as well as holding work with vises.







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Videography and Editing: Marlon J Torres

DISCLAIMER: Woodworking and the use of power and hand tools can be extremely dangerous. You are responsible for understanding the safe use of your tools and techniques. Your safety is YOUR responsibility, I accept NO responsibility or liability for any injuries, accidents, death occurring to you or others if you attempt to do the things that I do or use advice that I give.


  1. MitchCumstein on June 10, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    I’m always coming back to this video for new ideas.

  2. Lisa Hummel on June 10, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    Hi, what are the dimensions and layout of the holes??

  3. Danny Sweeney on June 10, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    See mike siemsen do this, its worth it for the ending.

  4. Felipe Pereira on June 10, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    moral of the story is drill some god damned dog holes and get yourself a couple of holdfasts

  5. Kathern Pernell on June 10, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    If you want to build it yourself, just google Woodprix. I know you will find good solutions for all your ideas.

  6. Connor Elias on June 10, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    I’ve been watching your videos for a while now and I just realized I haven’t subscribed yet. Just did, you do some radical work my friend. Thankyou for sharing.

  7. Jason F on June 10, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    I like how you didn’t have to spend a 💩load of money on vise hardware. Also of all the options for benches, i like yours the best.

  8. Woman in Wood on June 10, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    What’s the name of the blue color?

  9. Dans Maker Place on June 10, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    I have a lot of respect for what you do and the quality in which you do it. It was a well thought out video full of so much helpful tips. Thanks for sharing, I bet you will have that workbench for a lifetime!

  10. Alfonso Lyrics on June 10, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    *This was easy to put together **MyBest.Tools** sturdy, easy to store in my Boston Apartment! Definitely giftable to any crafter who lives in a major city or has little to no storage space*

  11. liam devlin on June 10, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    The Rolls Royce of workbenches ! Nice job, and BTW I love the hammer hanging on the wall in the case….Genius, I really need to make one of those cases for my measuring tape, I am always putting it down somewhere and forgetting where it is.

  12. Porker Pigman on June 10, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Are all press systems available for shipping to Mexico?

  13. Esther Chen on June 10, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    I thought you said that you weren’t going to use the wooden mallet for you holdfasts

  14. alphawolfsquadrin01 on June 10, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    I have built a bench and have yet to drill the dog holes. I’m not understanding how you can put a dog(peg) into a dog hole without it falling through. If the holes aren’t drilled all the way through, then how can a hold fast work?!

  15. Bobby Carmichael on June 10, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Excellent and very thorough video man, great job!

  16. Wardo Jr on June 10, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Great info, great bench. What kind of bench dog set up do you have in the vise? Is there some kind of spring in the chop? in the dog? Where did you get them?

  17. Caleb Mcelhaney on June 10, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    That’s an incredible workbench. I’m one of those guys with really limited space though. I love the idea of getting into hand tools over power tools partially because I don’t have space for huge equipment like table saws, our feet tables, jointers, planers, and dust collection. For amateur woodworkers just getting started do you think 2×3 ft is enough workbench space? My main worry is that it wouldn’t have enough mass to be stable, but I’m only assuming this because of my lack of experience. Thanks for the great video. It was a great presentation if I formation, and clean edit.

  18. sebmets260 on June 10, 2022 at 8:50 pm

    Chris, when can we expect for your online store to have some of the items that are out of stock, back in stock? Specifically talking about the black and white trucker hat. Thanks.

  19. SRCASTK on June 10, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Thank U For Ur Educational Videos (:-) Worked W/Wood In High School IRetired Water Mechanic & Inspector, So My Woods Idea Went UnRealized

  20. richard johnson on June 10, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Great tutorial on holding. Also I think your bench has the best bits from all the styles,it’s definitely the hybrid for the future,not sure how you could improve it any more,very well done 👍

  21. Rick Marshall on June 10, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Great shout out to The Grapes of Wrath. I did my doctoral dissertation on The Grapes of Wrath. My favorite novel also. Great video

  22. Fred Hammer on June 10, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Coming up on my first workbench build (been working on an old and to small scandinavian) and I’ve been so much in doubt whether to go for a Roubo or a Nicholson. And you come along and say why not both. Indeed. I dont think I am in doubt any longer.

  23. Steve Borch on June 10, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Wow!! Great tips Great video!!

  24. AJ Hanson on June 10, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    That’s an amazing bench, Chris! I’m looking at making a bench, and would love to do this build. I have a quick question for understanding the thought process of having both the apron and the sliding deadman. Is there something the twin-screw vise/sliding deadman combo does that the apron can’t? It just seems that the apron does an amazing job holding, and I figured I’d find myself always using that instead of the deadman. If I moved replaced the quick release on the end with the twin-screw vise and eliminated the sliding deadman, would I be overlooking something that I’d no longer be able to do?

  25. Lazy Lab Acres on June 10, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Awesome video Chris, definitely want to build a workbench for traditional woodworking in 2019

  26. Alexandr Tsoy on June 10, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Amazing 🤩

  27. UreaSmith on June 10, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for this followup video on your workbench. Was looking forward to it. Good stuff!

  28. woodpecker Design on June 10, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    great video, thanks

  29. Tiffany Johnson on June 10, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    I just learned so much more from this video. Very interesting. I’m loving your channel.

  30. troycleveland on June 10, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Chris. Love your channel. I’m a retired soldier with PTSD. I’ve always loved woodworking so retiring has given me time to rekindle the love of wood. So why even mention PTSD…? I mention it because, among a host of other nasty issues, I was becoming agoraphobic. I found your channel, and over time, became more and more motivated to get out, shake the stink off me and get my head and hands busy for something other than lifting beer and whiskey bottles. Well, I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t focus, I couldn’t go outside around people and I started sliding backwards again so my wife of 30 years bought a puppy who was to become my service dog. It’s insane how much Bruno could be Utz’s little brother. It went well for a time, but I fell into that dark hole again and I was sure I wasn’t getting out of it this time. I’ll never have to deal with this pain and misery any longer. I had some very dear friends who rallied with me to get the help I so desperately needed. I was admitted into a hospital in another province for several months and part of the weekly routine was wood shop. Terribly ragged tools and an under funded shop for a vet hospital but I made this stool from black walnut, Paduak and clear epoxy resin. I was proud of what I did without realizing what I did. I thought of, designed, built, finished an idea and I actually use it in my house!! My biggest accomplishment in about 5 years actually.
    At any rate, I left the hospital with a head that was a little cleaner and clearer. I was even focused on an objective, a new mission that I would become a craftsman. Learn how to create my own fine furniture. So I enrolled in a studio here in Ontario as I became more and more open to the idea of getting out and trying to reclaim my life.
    So what? I really wanted to take the time to tell you I am thankful and extremely appreciative, indebted even, for your easy going, low pressure, calm and well explained videos. I’m sure I’ve watched them all AT LEAST once and it was the source of my daily escapes. You’ve motivated me and have given me more of the drive I need to tap from someone else. I hope you don’t mind. So, thank you Sir. You know not what you’ve done for others.
    But seriously, Bruno and Utz.

  31. иван иванов on June 10, 2022 at 9:05 pm


  32. KipIngram on June 10, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Chris, this is a great video. I’m just getting started in woodworking, and I’m trying to hold the line on costs. I had enough 2×4’s in my attic to make a modest laminated workbench top – it’s not huge or anything, but it’s about right for the space I have to work in. I made my own twin screw vise with threaded rod and hardware from Lowe’s. It works great for holding pieces that span the whole vertical range of the jaws. But for work that doesn’t fill that space up it racks and doesn’t hold very well. So this information on other holding options is just solid gold for me right now, and you’ve got my mental gears spinning on how to incorporate as much of this as possible into my bench. Thanks for putting this together!

  33. blue wanderer on June 10, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    Beautifull bench that seems to be very functional.
    Are plans for it still available?

    Any chance you could educate us about planes, like difference between them jack plane, jointer plane, smothing, block etc, when why how what to look for when buying etc? Yes I know we can read/google it but to be honest I would also like to hear your opinion/advice on the subject.
    I will be buying as per your website, that is a very good idea you did there, thank you very much.

  34. eric corona on June 10, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Since your a Steinbeck fan, give East of Eden a shot and the bench is just amazing.

  35. Evandro pereira.evangelista Evangelista on June 10, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    E show esses moves

  36. Helimelec Aguirre Sanchez on June 10, 2022 at 9:15 pm

    Espectacular SUPER buenisimo le felicito.

  37. Steven D. Jones on June 10, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Dude, you don’t actually have to plane the whole board to show that the fastener works… it’s hard to watch. Constructive critique is all.

  38. Richard Laymance on June 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    Hey Chris, I hope you have a great new year.

  39. Treasures Await Sailing on June 10, 2022 at 9:18 pm

    21 people gave this a thumbs down!???! WTF … alright all 21 of you a**holes come over my house so I can kick the s*it out of you one at a time! Awesome vid.

  40. Carmelina Katzman on June 10, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I use Woodprix plans for all my joinery. Google and try it out.

  41. Daniel Vrana on June 10, 2022 at 9:20 pm

    Just placed my order for your plans to build the work bench. I will be watching all the DVDs first lol.

  42. Trusty Steed on June 10, 2022 at 9:22 pm

    Theres soo much room for activities

  43. gssns on June 10, 2022 at 9:23 pm

    Honestly one of my favorite benches, just great

  44. BK Makes on June 10, 2022 at 9:25 pm

    Great video Chris, can’t wait to make mine! … and appreciate the extra detailed vids that accompany the plans👍🏻👍🏻 (oh, and who’s championship belt is that in the back at 12:48?)

  45. acsolares2 on June 10, 2022 at 9:28 pm

    great video!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  46. Lucas Reis on June 10, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    I wanted to press the like button 20 times…
    Love it! Someday I should have one of these!

  47. Riaan von Wielligh on June 10, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Ok I’m gonna be the stupid one here now… but I would just like to know… it’s a hybrid between a Roubo, Nicholson and a what?

  48. Double Dare Fan on June 10, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Where’s your Bench Dog?

  49. Johnny Tromboukis Woodworks on June 10, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Great tips in here!! Thanks for sharing

  50. andrizeefoshizee on June 10, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you for being normal with good quality video material. I’m tired of other YouTubers who act super bizarre and corky in their presentation of content. Just get to the point, people.