It’s pretty snowy out, all of a sudden. And I’m using the quiet time to get some things done in the shop. Sharpening and plane making in the early am, then onto other tasks.
On my list for a while was drilling a few more dog holes in the maple planing bench. Not actually for bench dogs, but for aluminum planing stops. Extremely low-profile, they come in several lengths (and can be hacksawed to exact measurements). I’m sure I’ve talked about them before, but I could not live without them in my apartment woodworking shop.
The pegs (which come in 3/4″ or 20mm) slide in a track on the underside of the stop, so they fit in a variety of dog hole configurations. And the pegs are shallow (less than 1 1/2″): perfect for a clamp-on workbench made of 8/4 maple.
In addition to their utility for surface planing (seen above), I have found these planing stops to be quite useful as bench hooks. Two more holes to the right side of the bench now make a crosscutting bench hook (see below). And because my plywood shooting board/bench hook is too deep for this particular bench, I no longer have to unclamp the whole bench every time I want to cut a tenon shoulder.
There are actually three more holes to drill. One centered in the far right for a holdfast. And two more along the back edge on the left side of the bench to form a perpendicular for traversing and general bracing. Everything is measured and marked; I’m just taking it slowly today.
Hope all my east coast readers are staying off the roads. It’s not too bad out here, but pretty blustery. I can only imagine what it’s like further north.