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Forum topic by DKV posted 07-06-2013 09:10 PM 1185 views 1 time favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2013 09:10 PM

The picture below is a plane stop that I almost bought from Lee Valley. However, since the stop is slightly less than 1/4” thick I would not be able to plane or scrape anything less than 1/4” thick. I do a lot of planing and scraping of wood that I want at a final thickness of 1/8”.

After playing around and experimenting I came up with the below solution that works great. The thickness of the square is 3/32” so I can easily plane or scrape to 1/8” without fear of damaging my plane blade or scraper.

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#1 posted 07-06-2013 10:21 PM

My first thought was “Great idea!”

My second thought, though, is I wonder if you are running the risk of “unsquaring” your square?

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#2 posted 07-06-2013 10:35 PM

Agree w/Charlie. If it is a cheapo square, or out of square, I would think you are onto an easy solution.

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 05:50 AM

Ditto : )

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#4 posted 07-30-2013 09:33 PM

Why not just tack a thin piece to your workbench top. Cheap and infinitely adjustable.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 07-30-2013 09:43 PM

I do a similar thing – but I just use a scrap piece of thinly sliced cutoff (that I usually have from resawing this or that)

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#6 posted 07-31-2013 05:19 PM

A vertically adjustable stop across one end of the bench?

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 09:38 PM

Charlie, as a followup to your comment I changed the config and tested for square after every use. As you can see I have secured both legs which should take most of the stress off of the square’s 90 degree angle. After each use I compared the carpenter square to my Incra square and my Starrett. I am happy to report no change or damage to the carpenter square.

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#8 posted 09-25-2013 04:03 AM

Bump test

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#9 posted 09-25-2013 04:35 AM

it works

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