To go along with my new plane, I decided to finally bite the bullet and install my hickory plane stop that I had planned to build into my bench last summer but never got the nerve to attempt.
Until now. Because planing with a 5 pound chunk of woodshaving badass-ness is just a little too bumpy and rough trying to use clamps to hold a piece.
So I broke out the old Black and Decker woodwrecker and bored me some 3/4″ holes in the bench (I had to stifle some tears). Then I hacked out those holes with the chisels and a rasp until I had a rectangle shaped hole in my bench. Whew, the underside looked ugly. Lots of tearout. But, since it’s the underside I didn’t worry too much. If it affects the stability of the bench or the planing stop, I can always glue pieces back to it (or make another top, heh heh).
A nice rectangle of hickory embedded in the pine top. The hickory is 3/4″ x 4″ x 10″. I can just barely move it by hand, which, I think is okay. I’m not sure how to make it fit a little tighter other than gluing shims of very thin wood into the hole.
I got the idea from Ian Kirby’s design in Scott Landis’ book, The Workbench Book. Mr. Kirby uses a carriage bolt through the leg to secure the planing stop. I’m not so sure I’ll do that. I gave it a test run and everything seems to be hunky-dory so far. Works like a charm so much faster/easier/cooler/more stable than clamping a block of wood to the bench and planing against that (or—gasp—clamping the workpiece itself).
A simple project I wish I did from the get-go, but now that it’s here, I’m happy.
And so is my new plane.