|Project by 12strings||posted 11-02-2013 02:06 PM||1871 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
I’ve been working on the bench in the picture for about 4-5 years, and the double-pipe-vice serves my needs for working on the ends of pieces, and on cleaning up edges of pieces, but the top of the bench is nowhere near flat enough for effective planing of the faces of boards.
So this is to tide me over until I get around to building a proper bench. It is dirt simple, basically an oversized bench hook:
1. Find a 2×6.
2. Plane down bottom side so it sits solidly on the bench without rocking.
3. Screw & glue on scrap for rear stop that keeps the board on the bench.
4. Flatten top surface with try plane, checking for flatness with winding sticks.
5. Make 1,2,3, or more interchangeable planing stops of differing heights, with screw holes that all line up. (I’ve made 2 so far, 1/4” and 1/2”.)
6. Test with small piece of cherry.
7. Post on lumberjocks.com and pretend it qualifies as a real “project”. :-)
-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!