I'm not sure why using the plane would be "fussy to set up". Bring the plane up to the loosely clamped pin board, which is set higher than the top of the plane. Use the tail board to push the pin board down until the tailboard is flat on top of the plane. Crank down the vise and move the plane back to a comfortable position. Done.
I enjoyed seeing John Wilson at the NWA Showcase in Saratoga back in March. His talk was clear and informative, and I'd enjoy reading what he has written as well.
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