Hand planing Jig

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Project by Ecocandle posted 1539 days ago 4864 views 35 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am pretty new to using a hand plane, but I am completely addicted to the process. I love making shavings. Last weekend I was flattening a board and found that the board moved around a bit. So I decided to make a jig. I just finished and it really holds the boards tightly.

The design allows for me to plane a board up to 13 1/3 inches wide. It will also handle very thin pieces. The jig is really over engineered, but that is just my nature. I included two rare earth magnets, just to hold the boomerang and wedge, when not in use.

For more details about how I put it together, I blogged about the process over the last 3 days.

Day 1) Design:

Day 2) Start: Note: The most entertaining of the 3 blog pieces. :-)

Day 3) Finish:

Thanks for stopping in and checking out my jig.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 1539 days ago

Looks like a good set up

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#2 posted 1539 days ago

Thanks. It works well. And it was fun to make.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#3 posted 1539 days ago

Thanks for sharing!!! I need to go build one soon, it’s been really hard trying to plane on my makeshift tabletop/bench with the piece sliding sideways.

-- helen

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#4 posted 1539 days ago

I am glad you liked it Helen. That is a very picture for your avatar. :-)

-- Brian Meeks,

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#5 posted 1539 days ago

Good solid design. Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 1539 days ago

I hand plane a lot and enjoy the process too. Sometimes I have a problem with a board bowing a bit in the middle when I hold it in place between vice and dogs. I finally learned to take all compression off before checking for flatness and twist. Looks like your design avoids the problem in the first place. Thanks for sharing the information.

-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.

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#7 posted 1539 days ago

Good idea and design. Now I’ll have to get a plane so I can build one, too. Will it ever end?????

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#8 posted 1539 days ago

Awesome. The boomarang wedge is brilliant. Your idea?

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#9 posted 1539 days ago

Nice design.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 1539 days ago


The boomerang idea came from pg. 15, of “Making Woodwork Aids & Devices”, by Robert Wearing. It is a nice little book. There are a lot of clever ideas in it.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#11 posted 1539 days ago


Nice jig. It looks like a really good design.

Thanks for sharing

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#12 posted 1539 days ago


You are welcome. It was fun to build. I spent about an hour, after I posted my blog, using it last night. I am very happy with how it works.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#13 posted 1539 days ago

Cool jig, looks like it could be adjusted really fast.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 1539 days ago


Yes, it is easy to adjust. I tap the wedge in with my mallet and it really holds well. Then a simple tap on the wood, in the opposite direciton and it pops out easily.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#15 posted 1539 days ago

i like this. i use a full scale planing wedge, and its a little annoying to set up. the boomerang piece here is an innovation that makes things much more compact.

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