When you're a novice you have these little Eureka! moments. These are
most often followed by the news that 1. Everyone Else Already Knows How
To Do It, or 2. Your "discovery" is an ass-backward way of doing
something that Everyone Else Has An Easier Way of Doing.
Here's a recent one of mine. I have a small bench vise, which is a
marked improvement over No Bench Vise, but it was too short to hold even
a 26" piece of 1x3 steady so I could plane the edge a little. Here's my
solution, so far:
... a piece of 2x4 screwed into the bottom of the workbench overhang, to
support the other end of the board. For thinner stock I put a spacer of
scrap wood on top of the 2x4 piece.
I have a couple of friends who find no end of amusement in my
"discoveries", so I figure I could provide the same service here. :)
But seriously, whatever sort of vise I might have, there would be some
length of stock that would be too long. Is there a better solution,
maybe something that could easily be removed, or hinged? I was thinking
about using a metal plate, possibly with those machine thread/wood
thread bolts and wing nuts for easy removal.