Planning board

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Project by Woodchuck2010 posted 09-28-2018 06:01 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a simple, but effective jig I made. It’s pretty much a shooting board in a way. I don’t do much planning, but when I do, I use this for the small stuff. I haven’t made a nice workbench yet, with dog holes and such. This simply hooks the edge of my out feed table. As you can see, it has a low profile edge and a little higher one on the opposite side. It works very well for those certain times.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#1 posted 09-28-2018 07:56 PM

It will work, but after you build a hand tool bench and do that same work sideways on the bench, instead of straight into the stop, going along side it will increase your ability to push a hand plane 100 fold. If you shorten that field you will have a nice stop with which to crosscut stock with a handsaw. Narrower and you could hang it off the end of a bench to shoot on it.

Play with it a little, and then after you get the bench built you will be able to see what I am saying. Hand tools are nothing except body mechanics, your going to be a little clumsy with what you’ve made.

If you can go close to where you have the anchor end and pop a couple of dog holes in your outfeed table top. Make yourself a copy of the Lee Valley stop% You can use a couple of 3/4” wooden dowels, cut short, and attached to a piece of wood similar to the stop on your jig. Try planing both ways and you will see what I am saying.

If you do much planing, or hand tool work, it will probably make a workbench a bigger priority than it is now.


The link isn’t quite right, see if clicking below doesn’t bring you to the right page for their Aluminum bench stop.

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#2 posted 09-28-2018 11:43 PM

Thanks for the info. As I said, I don’t do much planning. This took 10 minutes to make. I have made a shooting board already. I only have a small block plane, but plan on getting a larger, probably Jack plane.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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