An Oldie but a Goodie

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Project by Jerry posted 05-29-2015 09:49 PM 1528 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After dealing with the impossibly stupid position of my plane stop being on the left side of the bench, and the real difficulty it presents, I decided to take a clue from Roy Underhill and make a simple bench hook / plane stop so I can plane away from my body instead of sideways.

I stood in front of my bench and measured the extent of my normal arm swing forward when planing and determined that 12” would be a comfortable distance for most operations, so that is where I put the first row of holes for the stop dogs.

I then thought about boxes I’d built in the past, and decided that I’d not normally ever need to plane a surface longer than 16”, so that is where I put the second row of dog holes.

I planed the stop down to 3/16” since I doubt that I will ever plane anything thinner than 1/4”, and super glued dogs into the stop.

It really works great. Should have done this last year!!!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#1 posted 05-29-2015 10:20 PM

Such a simple solution! Who’da thunk it?

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#2 posted 05-29-2015 11:04 PM

That’s cool, i like it

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#3 posted 05-30-2015 03:30 AM

So simple and yet so useful ! Nice reminder.

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#4 posted 05-30-2015 01:40 PM

Pretty ingenious! I like that idea. Very clever.

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#5 posted 06-01-2015 12:21 AM

Bench hooks are handy dandy for all sorts of things.

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#6 posted 06-01-2015 12:29 AM

Hey guys, thanks for the comments, I really fell down on responding on this one, so thanks
artsyfartsy and

It’s a very old thing, but what’s old is new again, and it is really very very handy. I can take four sides of a box and plane them all at the same time and get them all the same thickness and parallel.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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