Planing & Sanding Stop for Woodworking Bench

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Project by FJPetruso posted 12-13-2009 12:50 AM 7573 views 18 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Today I installed the planing stop that I mentioned in an earlier project. The idea came out of an article about upgrading your bench in Popular Woodworking Magazine January 2005 149 Best Tricks of the Trade issue. I’ve recently finished a deadman project, upgraded with front & a tail vises & added a tool tray.

Again I used some leftover scrap for the project. This time it was some birch plywood. I already had some large & extra large fender washers & 1/4” screw anchor bolts. The extra large fender washers are good for this project. They allow the pressure to be spread out more evenly & make adjusting the level of the stop easier. They also keep from putting too much pressure on the wood preventing the knobs from putting indentations in the slotted area of the planing stop. The most expensive part was the 2 plastic knobs with brass threaded inserts that I purchased at the hardware store. They were $2.75 each.

I first cut the plywood length the same dimension as the depth of my bench (without the tool tray). Then I ripped the plywood to 1” wider than the thickness of my bench. Then I marked the position of the holes for the anchor bolts to go through & drilled the wood with a brad point bit while backing up the plywood with scrap wood. next I clamped the stop in position on the end of my bench & used a 1/4” “transfer punch” to mark where I was to drill the two holes in the end of my bench. Next I marked the area under the holes on the stop with a try square & cut the slots out with a miter gauge on my band saw. I “double nutted” the anchor bolts to screw them into the bench & then attached the stop to the bench. I plan on finishing the whole bench with some Danish Oil when all the upgrades are done.

Transfer punches are really handy. They usually come in a set like a drill index does. the center of the tip of the punch as a small centered point. You just choose the one that fits the hole the best. Insert it through the hole & tap the punch. It leaves a dimple exactly where you need to drill the hole for perfect alignment.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 01:49 AM

Interesting addition. looks functional, flexible and simple. Thanks.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 02:09 AM

nice job like the knobs

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 02:23 AM

very cool … i hope to remember this one

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 03:24 AM

Great idea, just may hook this up till I can get a vise with bench dogs.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 07:27 AM

Nice job!!!!!

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 07:31 AM

That will doer well done

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#7 posted 12-13-2009 08:21 AM

You have made your bench more user friendly.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 02:10 AM

I put a stop like that on a bench I finished a month or so ago. So far I really like it and use it often. I ended up using some cam clamps to hold the board to the bench, the knobs look like they will do the trick as well.


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#9 posted 12-16-2009 12:41 AM

interesting and usefull idea

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#10 posted 02-21-2010 06:40 PM

Nice idea and very well executed…thanks for the tip on the transfer punches : )

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