Boy, have I been bad about writing this blog. I don’t think any of the great bloggers have any competition from me.
Anyway, Today I finished up a few planing stops or bench stops, I’ve also seen them called bench hooks. These are a small fishtail shaped iron hook that had teeth filed into it. Typically these are set into a wooden square 2″ – 3″ that is mortised through the bench top. This allows the iron hook to move up or down to adjust to the board thickness. These are a real improvement to most hand tool workbenches.
When you cut the hole in the wooden part of the stop, just make sure it is a good fit so you don’t cause a split like i did.
In use be sure to keep the iron stop well below the path of your plane iron. This will dull your cutter badly if you’re not careful