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Stop Block - How to Make Dead on Cuts Simple & Easy

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 09-08-2012 05:12 PM 5456 reads 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Watch the woodworking how to video clip to learn how simple & easy it can be to make dead on cuts every time. The woodworking lessons in the YouTube video are simple, yet profound. It’s all about quality & the efficiency of each cut made in the shop.

A stop block is essential to great woodworking. The stop is basic & fundamental to both woodworking and carpentry. Beginning woodworkers may have a tendency to measure each cut before it is made even though all the cuts to be made are equal. This can lead to errors which is a loss of both material & time spent on the woodworking project.

Experienced woodworkers and carpenters know the true value of the stop block. Make sure of the initial measurement required, clamp the stop block, make a cut, & test for accuracy. When the measurement is dead on accurate, make all the cuts for the job at hand.

The stop block is a woodworking accessory that is used on the job by carpenters. Stop blocks are also used in workshop production by woodworkers, cabinetmakers, and furniture makers. Why? Accuracy & production is essential & required on the job.

The use of a stop block will increase the quality of one’s work. The habit of using a stop block will also increase one’s woodworking skill level as well as the woodworker’s confidence in their ability to create with quality.

In what ways are you utilizing a stop block?

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-08-2012 05:35 PM

I thought we all already knew about that… LOL

Nice collection of Stop Block shots…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#2 posted 09-08-2012 05:46 PM

Joe…

This video was posted for those who don’t know it all & want to learn more.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV, http://TheApprenticeandTheJourneyman.com

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Cher

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#3 posted 09-08-2012 07:16 PM

Thank you Bob for posting this video, I am one of those that dont know it all and always eager to learn.

As for you Joe Lyddon, sarcasm is the lowest form of wit

-- When you know better you do better.

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#4 posted 09-08-2012 08:10 PM

LOL = Laugh Out Loud

= NOT SERIOUS

Right?!

I knew what the purpose of the post was…
... and Bob did a wonderful job… as he usually does…

Time to take the Chips OFF the Shoulders…!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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patron

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#5 posted 09-08-2012 08:25 PM

it is always good to bevel the end
so that sawdust doesn’t
‘pack up’ and change the setting

here is a square one with some sawdust

and the result
work moved over by 1/16”
making for uneven lengths

hi cher
long time
no see
how are things in SA

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Cher

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#6 posted 09-08-2012 08:30 PM

Hi David, indeed long time no see or hear, things are getting better here thank you.

I found the video to be very helpful regarding the band saw stop blocks.

-- When you know better you do better.

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patron

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#7 posted 09-08-2012 08:36 PM

there is always something new to learn

or remember too

thanks bob
something simple like this
is easy to forget

then we wonder why
the overall project
is just a little off

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 09-08-2012 08:42 PM

I like the idea of a sled on the bandsaw.

-- Smitty!!!

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#9 posted 09-08-2012 08:45 PM

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#10 posted 09-08-2012 09:05 PM

thanks for the reminder of the safty build-in that is with using stopblocks :-)

Dennis

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#11 posted 09-08-2012 10:41 PM

I am very grateful for the knowledge shared on LJs. I am personally about three cuts above novice and while I have been using stops for some time now, there are countless others who have seen the stop for the first time right here. It would be good if more of you experienced WWs would post more of your methods, simple as you may think they are; simple to you may be mind blowing to others/me.
Thanks Bob!

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#12 posted 09-08-2012 11:40 PM

Bob, I have not watched one of your videos that I didn’t learn a thing or three, usually multiples of three. Thanks for taking the time to show us good technique and execution. Makes anyone watching a better woodworker, or at least the potential to be.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#13 posted 09-09-2012 02:05 AM

Nice post good info! Love the video!
Thanks for posting!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#14 posted 09-09-2012 02:11 AM

I have been using stop blocks for some time now. Bob just showed me other ways to use them. I learn some thing from him every time he puts up a new video. Thanks Bob.

-- James Krenov..."It's about a lot of little things, they do matter. Enjoy them."

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#15 posted 09-09-2012 04:34 AM

Thank you for your post. In general, your vids are awesome and filled with very useful information. I hope you keep sharing.

-- Nicky

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