I've been learning to use hand tools and I've quickly realized that a good workbench is essential. With power tools, like a table saw or drill press, the tool itself often supports the wood. But with hand tools you must have something to support the wood while you bring the tool to the wood.
So I've started to build a workbench (more on that later). The first problem I've run into is that I'm using hand tools to build a workbench, so... Chicken or the egg...
Here's some tricks that I've come up with to hold boards while I work on them.
These tricks work, but they're not ideal, and it's really making me look forward to when the bench will be done and ready to use.