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.