The Lonely Little Holiday Project

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Blog entry by handsawgeek posted 12-30-2014 03:29 PM 1512 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having had the entire Christmas week off from work, I anticipated enjoying plenty of time for making substantial progress on the woodworking ‘tuh-doo’ list.

That was not meant to be.

Instead, the handsawgeek Holiday Dance Card was filled to the brim with other activities: Several Christmas musical rehearsals and presentations (Violinists are in very high demand this time of year), Holiday parties and gatherings, shopping with Mrs. handsawgeek, gift wrapping, snow shoveling, and hanging out with the family.

Only one afternoon could be set aside for making sawdust and shavings. Because time was limited, a very simple project was selected from the list. It only required two pieces of scrap wood, some screws, and some glue.

All to fashion a shop accessory that I’ve been meaning to tackle for some time: A planing stop that clamps into the bench vise.

I haven’t yet poked any dog holes in the workbench top, so up until now, planing stops have consisted of chunks -o’-plywood clamped to the bench end. Workable, but not ideal.

I did spend the necessary time to smooth plane all the surfaces of this tool and finish it with some left over polyurethane varnish. I don’t normally use poly on projects, but for shop fixtures it adds that extra bit of rough use protection.

Anyway, now the ’geek’ can face plane boards in style….

Here’s to a happy, prosperous, and Blessed 2015 to all!

-- Ed

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