|Project by FJPetruso||posted 12-13-2009 12:50 AM||6666 views||18 times favorited||10 comments|
Today I installed the planing stop that I mentioned in an earlier project. The idea came out of an article about upgrading your bench in Popular Woodworking Magazine January 2005 149 Best Tricks of the Trade issue. I’ve recently finished a deadman project, upgraded with front & a tail vises & added a tool tray.
Again I used some leftover scrap for the project. This time it was some birch plywood. I already had some large & extra large fender washers & 1/4” screw anchor bolts. The extra large fender washers are good for this project. They allow the pressure to be spread out more evenly & make adjusting the level of the stop easier. They also keep from putting too much pressure on the wood preventing the knobs from putting indentations in the slotted area of the planing stop. The most expensive part was the 2 plastic knobs with brass threaded inserts that I purchased at the hardware store. They were $2.75 each.
I first cut the plywood length the same dimension as the depth of my bench (without the tool tray). Then I ripped the plywood to 1” wider than the thickness of my bench. Then I marked the position of the holes for the anchor bolts to go through & drilled the wood with a brad point bit while backing up the plywood with scrap wood. next I clamped the stop in position on the end of my bench & used a 1/4” “transfer punch” to mark where I was to drill the two holes in the end of my bench. Next I marked the area under the holes on the stop with a try square & cut the slots out with a miter gauge on my band saw. I “double nutted” the anchor bolts to screw them into the bench & then attached the stop to the bench. I plan on finishing the whole bench with some Danish Oil when all the upgrades are done.
Transfer punches are really handy. They usually come in a set like a drill index does. the center of the tip of the punch as a small centered point. You just choose the one that fits the hole the best. Insert it through the hole & tap the punch. It leaves a dimple exactly where you need to drill the hole for perfect alignment.
-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"