Fence for Hand Planes

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Project by TerryDowning posted 08-19-2013 07:39 PM 2867 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while back on the the epic HPOYD a fellow member posted an ebay link for a detachable fence for jointer planes. The price was rather I thought (At least well out of my budget). My comment was that I would Make my own. Having a recent need square edges, I did just that.

The photos are of my Miller’s Falls #14 Jack Plane with the fence attached. I used a small C-Clamp to tighten the fence to the side.

I used a Cherry cutoff I’ve had laying about for a while. I scribed a line the depth of my MF 14 (Figuring this was the smallest plane that would see the jointer attached) The line runs the length of the board. I then used my Craftsman fillioster plane to cut a 1/4” deep rabbet the length of the board.

I used the curves on front end of the MF 14 to draw the curves on either end of the rabbet. Cut the curves with a coping saw and cleaned up with a spokeshave. Smoothed the face and reverse faces with my MF #9 , jointed the long edges and chamfered all the corners.

The last shot is the finished edge showing my starrett square as evidence that the edge is indeed square to the face.

The fence worked beautifully IMO.

Questions and comments are welcome.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 07:41 PM

Good way to get it done. I’m not sure have an antique version is worth the cost other than as a conversation piece. Still waiting to run across one for a few dollars at a flea market.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 08:39 PM

nicely done

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#3 posted 08-19-2013 08:47 PM

Very resourceful.

You should really wash that dried-up bowl of grits.

-- I love Jeeps

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 08:56 PM

Thanks for the positive comments.

Scotty, I was wonderin’ when someone would notice.

It’s actually wood filler that dried in there. (Grits, wood filler is there a difference??)

Thanks fer noticin’ the durty dishes!!

-- - Terry

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#5 posted 08-19-2013 09:25 PM

Nicely done, excellent jig. I too made the same device for my Stanley #7, and it keeps me square when jointing boards.
One thing I noticed though, pay attention to the blades sharpess, because this fence limits blade wear to the side adjacent the fence. I’ve had to resharpen often when working a lot of long boards.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#6 posted 08-19-2013 09:29 PM

Thanks OT,

I meant to mention that in the write up. Mine can be switched to the opposite side so that should help, but yes this is a limitation of the design. It will wear the blade next to the fence faster. I suspect that most fence users probably did not change the setting very often and wound up doing the same thing.

-- - Terry

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#7 posted 08-19-2013 10:07 PM

Hey that’s pretty cool! I can think of a number of projects that this will be useful on….thanks for the inspiration! One question though—-pardon my ignorance—-but why did you make it as long as you did? Just to make extra sure you got a true edge on the board you’re planing? My first thought when I saw the project was that the fence would only be as long as the jack plane—-already a decently long plane, right? I was surprised to see the side view lol Nice work nonetheless!

-- Steve

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#8 posted 08-19-2013 10:17 PM

Jack planes are typically 14” or so in length. Full fledged jointers run up to 24” for a Stanley No. 8.

My largest plane is a Stanley No. 6 approx 18” in length. One of these days I hope to have a MF #22 (equal to a Stanley No. 7 Jointer at 22”). I built this so I can use it on just about any Jack plane or larger. I suppose I could use it on a smoothing plane but I don’t see the point.

-- - Terry

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#9 posted 08-20-2013 09:59 PM

Nice work, and that’s a beauty of a MF!~

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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