Workshop Tip: Reversible planing bar works two ways
A toothed stop stabilizes awkward work, while a flat bar on the other side makes changing and repositioning boards easier.
My planing bar includes a toothed stop (BT&C Planing Stop from toolsforworkingwood.com) on one side and a flat edge on the other. Cleats at the ends hug the workbench and clamp quickly in the vise to secure the stop in either position. The toothed stop stabilizes the end of awkward work, but requires a tap on the end of the workpiece to engage it. The flat side of the bar lets you change and reposition boards quickly.
—JOSH SALOMON, Palo Alto, Calif.
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Fine Woodworking issue #281