Jigs and Fixtures #1: Jig for hand planing small parts.

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Blog entry by mot posted 12-09-2007 09:08 PM 3074 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As I continue on my journey to becoming more proficient at the use of hand planes and the like, I’ve had some serious headaches. One of the major headaches I’ve had is surface planing small parts. I’ve tried clamping and locking in the vise. I’ve tried bench dogs and other various means. I’ve not been able to consistently come up with a way to hold small parts.

The following is an idea I gleaned from a woodworking video by Rob Cosman. It’s just a piece of MDF with a strip of 1/4” hardboard glued to it and a bench hook screwed to it. The hook keeps the planing jig from moving, and the 1/4” thick strip keeps the piece from sliding. It works brilliantly for it’s intended purpose.

This worked so good I just thought I’d share it.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 12-09-2007 09:46 PM

Tom -

Very cool! Thanks for sharing this.



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#2 posted 12-09-2007 09:51 PM

Great idea! I need one of these.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 12-09-2007 09:56 PM

Blake, it takes 5 minutes to make. Go make one right now. LOL.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 12-09-2007 10:07 PM

I made a similar version of this and it does work well.

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Thos. Angle

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#5 posted 12-10-2007 12:31 AM

A benchhook for small parts. Good one

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-10-2007 12:37 AM

Another great jib. And so simple to make

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 12-10-2007 12:47 AM

Great idea Tom!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 12-10-2007 02:36 AM

Great tip, Tom. I too, have often struggled to figure out a way to hold small pieces. Thanks!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#9 posted 12-10-2007 05:51 AM

Thanks, Tom. I will be making one tomorrow or Monday! What a cool solution to a problem that plagues so many lumberjocks!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#10 posted 12-10-2007 10:05 AM

Amazing how simple it is to solve a perceived hard situation. Good tip, thanks for posting this one too Tom.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 12-10-2007 11:56 PM

Thank you Tom. I made one before breakfast today. It worked well AND used up a little more of that kelterment from under the bench!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#12 posted 12-11-2007 10:06 AM

Another good hook to add to the collection! How thick did you make the fence/stop on yours?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#13 posted 12-11-2007 11:56 AM

You could use it as a shooting board, too.

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#14 posted 12-11-2007 04:24 PM

Hi Dorje,

The overall width of the hook is 13”. This was just a piece of scrap I had so I didn’t cut it at all. the width of the stop is 2”, again just a piece of scrap. The stop is 1/4” thick hardboard, glued to the MDF base. I wish I made this a few months ago. It took 5 minutes to make and works wonderfully.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 01-01-2010 04:38 AM

Looks like a good one Mot, thanks.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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