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 Steven M. Vaught

A native son of Delaware, now living in Illinois, Steven is a writer, family historian, amateur astronomer, sometimes-gardener, woodworker, father to three wonderful children, husband to a wonderful wife, and caretaker of one cheeky vizsla.
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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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