Bench Update: Planing Stop

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).

Here’s the result:IMAG2975

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.

At any rate, I have to tap it with the mallet to raise it:IMAG2974

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.


About Marcus Richardson

Marcus attended the University of Delaware and later graduated from law school at the age of 26. Since then, he has at times been employed (or not) as: a stock boy, a cashier, a department manager at a home furnishing store, an assistant manager at and arts and crafts store, an unemployed handyman, husband, cook, groundskeeper, spider killer extraordinaire, stay at home dad, and a writer.
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One Response to Bench Update: Planing Stop

  1. I think the wide bench stop is a great idea! Keep us updated on how working with it goes.

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