Sunday, October 26, 2014

Notched Battens

Christopher Schwarz  had a blog post today about the notched batten and Richard Maguire, it was short but to the point and worth a read. Plus there is a link to Richard Maguire's video using  a notched batten. Even if you have watched the video before, and I expect most have, it is worth a re-watch.

I've been using notched battens for awhile and their use has allowed me to eliminate the tail vise on my current work bench. Cheaper to build and faster and simpler in use....what's not to like. 

Here it is in use:


  1. Not a clue why the text is displayed the way it is.

  2. I finally got around to using one today. (Before I read your post!) Instant love!

  3. While I have and use my English QR face vise, for work that isn't suited for the face vise it will be stops, battens and holdfasts that do the job. The notched batten is an eye opener.

    Glad you found it.