The point at which you first install workholding on a workbench is a bit thrilling. The bench transforms from furniture to functioning tool. Even if the workholding is just an aluminum planing stop.
I have been enamored with these Lee Valley-Veritas planing stops for some time. I tried a toothed planing stop on my previous workbench, but I never really liked it. Unless I needed the extra 6 inches or so of benchtop, I always went back to these aluminum stops. They are low profile and easy to install (requiring only two 3/4″ dog holes). And they can be cut to perfect length.
This time, I even remembered to space the holes so they’d line up with a row of tail vise dog holes, if I ever install a metal front vise as a tail vise. I mean to, eventually, but I only have 12″ from the end of the benchtop to the top stretchers, so I’d need a pretty compact front vise. Before I do, though, I’m going to try working with just holdfasts and does’ feet. I hear it works pretty well.
My first project on the new workbench will be that plant stand I was making last year, which is very similar to a previous prototype. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: working home center spruce is such a joy.