This weekend I worked on a couple small projects, the first was a planing stop across the end of my bench. The planing stop is a piece ½” Oak with 2 threaded star knobs.
I had these 2 threaded star knobs leftover from another project and they looked like they would work well.
I gave some thought to where I wanted the knobs to be positioned. To give me a little more support while planing, I positioned the right knob (near the front of the bench) so that I would plane up against it. For me that was about 6” in from the front of the bench. I also took into account the radius of the knob. I put them about 1/8” below the surface of the bench. For now that will work, but I didn’t take into account that I will have to flatten the top a few times over it’s life. I think I may have to move knobs down at some point.
I used some threaded inserts in the end of the bench for the knobs.
I then sized the board I was going to as the stop and laid out the slots the threaded knobs would travel in.
I used the drill press to rough out the slots and cleaned them up with a chisel and file. You can just see the holdfasts I used while chiseling out the waste in the slots. I have to say they worked great. I purchase them from Tools For Woodworking/Gramercy. The pair of them were only $30. After I have had a chance to work with them a little more, I’ll post a review. First impressions they are well worth the little amount of money they cost.
After cleaning up the slots it was just a matter of attaching the stop.
The stop can be move anywhere from flush to about 1” above the bench top. Here are a couple pictures of some thin and think stock up against the stop.
I have planed up against the stop and it’s pretty solid. It was very easy to add this planing stop to the bench and it should be a very useful feature.
This next weekend I should have a whole weekend to spend in the shop. I have the tracking number for the large wooden screws and they should be delivered tomorrow ☺. So this coming weekend will be spent adding the large face vise, and if there is time put a finish on the bench.