|Forum topic by Robert Tutsky||posted 08-14-2014 07:13 PM||1110 views||3 times favorited||3 replies|
08-14-2014 07:13 PM
Recently I was having difficulty keeping a planed board edge square to the face so I figured I try making a fence that would attach to my #5 Stanley plane. What follows is what I came up with…
I decided to use 1/2” birch plywood for the main parts as I had some on hand that was in the shop for quite a while and was dead flat. I started out by laying the plane edge down and tracing it’s profile. I then added a line about 3/8” beyond that which would be the cut line. The band saw was used for all cutting.
I decided to try using a fence that wasn’t very deep as some of the stock I was planing wasn’t very wide. Rather than gluing the fence to the backing I decided to attach it using screws so that if a “deeper” fence was required, one could be made and attached easily.
I originally was going to cut a curved profile strip that would mirror the side of the plane but eventually thought it was more trouble than it was worth so I opted to cut small blocks of cherry and glue them in place while having the plane in place. It worked better than I thought as when all was finished the #5 snaps into it’s place perfectly.
The knob/handle I kind of played around with until I came up with something that had the right left hand feel and direction while using the setup. I call it the horn. After using it for a while I find it works well.
As luck would have it the fence setup is square to the plane’s sole bottom. I figured if it was just close to square the plane’s iron could be adjusted laterally to get a perfect squared edge.
To my surprise I found that my #4 and block planes slide and lock into the front of the fence jig. Not sure if that would be needed in the future but seeing that I usually build small things it may come in handy.
The hardware consisted of 1” and 1-1/4” drywall screws (my favorite woodworking screw) and 7/16” round x 1/8” rare earth magnets.
Spending some time planing board edges I am finding consistent square edges and happy with the fence setup.