Make Short Work of Small Parts
With bench hooks and hand tools, fitting fine pieces is as easy as 1-2-3
Synopsis: One of the easiest and most precise ways to make and fit small parts, such as for boxes and small cabinets, is to use hand tools and three bench jigs. The jigs—a planing stop, a saw hook, and a shooting board—are easy to make, last a long time, and come in handy for a wide range of jobs. The planing stop is particularly useful for surfacing small parts, from miter keys to box lids. The saw hook provides a stable platform for rough-cutting small parts to length. And the shooting board comes in handy for squaring up ends, planing miters, and trimming parts for a perfect fit.
After years of making small boxes with delicate trays and cabinets with small drawers, I’ve found that the safest, fastest, and most precise way to make and fit small parts is with a backsaw, a handplane, and three bench jigs.…