A planing stop for long and thin boards
I long ago figured out that the best way to hold a short, thin piece of wood for planing is with a stop attached to a plywood base. You can see the one I use in “Make Short Work of Small Parts.” It works great, but only for short pieces of wood. But anything over 12 in. long doesn’t fit on the jig. Before now, I placed those longer pieces on my bench and planed them against an adjustable stop attached to the end of my bench. It works fine, but I knew there was room for improvement. And then it dawned on me (and only in the last week): make a bigger stop with plywood base. I can’t believe it took me so long to finally do this! The only differenve between the big and small versions is that the big jig is set up so that I can plan along the bench’s length inside in toward the middle. Take a look at the photos above to see how I made it.
Perfect for thin boards. The plywood base on this planing stop is dead flat and rigid, which means the board stays that way, too. The stop at the ends is about 1/8 in. thick and attached with two-sided tape.
Why you need a stop. If you put a thin board between benchdogs, it's going to bow up, which makes it very hard to plane the board and keep it flat.
Easy to make. The base is a piece of 3/4 in. plywood. The stop is poplar, and held to the base with two-sided tape. Apply some clamping pressure to the stop to really lock on the tape.
Don't forget the cleat. This fits nicely into my front vise, so that the jig doesn't move during use. It's attached with screws.
The original. I'v been using this smaller version of the planing stop for years and years.