You can't work the wood if the wood won't stay in place. Simple, right?
Judging by the sheer number of ways and techniques for holding wood though, maybe it's not so simple. The eight articles in this digital magazine offer tips and insight into workholding techniques and tools, from holdfasts to vises and more.
Christopher Schwarz wrote six of the articles included here, kicking off with "A Workholding Renaissance" a look at how the woodworking industry brought a new round of innovation to old workholding ideas. Chris also teaches you how to make a simple bench slave; the unbelievably useful Moxon vise; and a sawbench (which you'll wonder how you lived without), plus he shows you 10 ways to make your workbench better.
Robert W. Lang dives into the theory and practice of holdfasts, testing several models and showing you what you need to look for when buying this venerable workholding device. Bob Rozaieski looks back in history to show you how workholding was done by woodworkers of the past.
You'll find more articles, books and videos on workholding and workbenches at ShopWoodworking.com.