I just started working on a small Redwood box for an upcoming blog post and I ran into a problem that I have from time to time. I have a 2" square plane stop in my bench. This plane stop works great for most work, because most work pieces are sizable enough to stay put. However, with these small pieces as I plane along the sides they spin right off the plane stop. So , what to do?
Yeah, I could build a small jig to hold small pieces, Yes, I could build a jig to clamp in my vise that would enlarge the planing stop so that it would support the small pieces better. But, why build something when I have a tool that I can quickly use for a planing stop.
A Framing Square. That's right.
Just clamp your framing square in your vise at a slight angle. The more angle the higher the planing stop. This works great for all sorts of boards. The only thing you need is something to hold the square from moving back, either a dog or a small planing stop. It doesn't require any building of jigs and you don't have to clamp the crap out of it either. Just enough to hold it in place.
Yeah, I could of spent ten minutes building some stupid jig that would take up room in my shop, or I could just use what is already available and spend that ten minutes planing all the parts for my box. I'll take the later.
PS. "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." RG