Securing Material To Bench for Plowing Drawer Bottom Grooves

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Forum topic by langski93 posted 12-07-2015 09:20 PM 652 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-07-2015 09:20 PM

I spent way too much time trying to secure the sides of drawers to the bench, so I could push the plow plane along the bottom edge. The drawer sides were fairly narrow so there was no room for the plane to pass the various hold downs I wanted to use to secure the piece. I ended up rigging a crazy mix of small wood blocks, bench hooks, quick grips and wagon vice and frankly the pieces would still slip. I was wondering if anyone has had the same issue and how you worked through it? Thanks ahead of time.

-- Langski, New Hampshire

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 09:24 PM

Have you tried using a Doe’s foot?

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#2 posted 12-08-2015 01:10 PM

Clamping between bench dogs are your answer, I think.

To allow for the plane fence, narrow drawer sides are too narrow to extend over the edge of the bench.
In these cases you can use a spacer to elevate the wood off the bench and allow you to use the dogs.

Several options available, from wedges, to end vise w/ thin board, to that neat little clamp Veritas has.
Either way, If you don’t have them already, I think drilling some dog holes are in your future…....

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#3 posted 12-08-2015 01:27 PM

As noted above, dogs and the benchtop vise from Veritas are your friends. Less satisfactory but still workable if your weapon is a #78 or similar rabbetting plane is to use a scrap board as a fence as well as a hold-down for the work.

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#4 posted 12-08-2015 02:27 PM

Google “Sticking Board”. Simple, easy to build, inexpensive, and it works for lots of jobs.


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#5 posted 12-08-2015 03:13 PM

Another option is to use battens. One on the end as a planing stop and one on the side, basically making a corner to hold the piece. It’s pretty much like you were doing with blocks, just simpler. Use two pieces thinner than the piece you are trying to plane. You can either clamp them to your bench or screw them into a piece of scrap. If all your pieces are the same width you could even use 3 battens and surround the piece on 3 sides.

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#6 posted 12-08-2015 03:34 PM

Thanks everyone. The Doe’s foot looks interesting for a bunch of uses regardless of the outcome in this situation.

If I had taken a photo it would have better illustrated the situation. For example, elevating the piece was still problematic as the narrow piece still had to be secured while allowing the plane fence to hang down and the adjusting rods to pass whichever hold down device I used. The holdfasts were always in the way unless I had one or more blocks in line between them and the piece. This opened up other issues like lateral movement while I was driving the plane forward. I ended up using a R. Goldberg system of toggles and blocks, holdfasts and quick clamps.

Bill White came through, after I went to the Google I found this. See link.
It addresses the exact problem, including the plane used. I am going to build one. With any luck it will rank right up there with my shooting board :)


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