Friday, September 20, 2013

Score One For Roubo's Planing Stop

This week I'm using both Roubo benches to build some large interior trim pieces in cherry. I feel like a true Roubo-style joiner wrangling these 11-foot frame and panels. The Benchcrafted Roubo is pulling its weight processing the individual pieces, while the Plate 11 Roubo is where assembly and trimming is taking place. I feel completely guilty having two incredible benches within a couple steps of each other. It's a feeling I could get used to.

But today the Plate 11 bench solved a workholding problem that made me smile. The toothed planing stop did something that no tail vise and dogs could. I butted a miter into the planing stop and face planed the board. The toothed stop held that board rock solid. Try that with dogs. Pfft.

Yes, I could have held this short board between dogs (pinching the square edges) and planed across the long axis of the bench. But that only works for short boards. What about longer ones? The toothed planing stop is clearly the ideal choice here. After working on my French Oak bench a few times now, I'm convinced that we need to add the toothed stop to our Split Top Roubo bench plans. And that means we also need to start selling toothed planing stops. Stay tuned.


  1. I'll pre-order one today, Eric in Kodiak

  2. Are you going to work a deal with Peter Ross to make them?

  3. yeah, or just make an L bracket held in your leg vise with a couple of nails sticking out. Yes, that works.

    1. Jameel,, a traditional (antique) steel bench dog will do the same job. Their heads are tapered so they will hold such an angled piece, and the teeth are as sharp as your stop. I have a traditional tail vice and the dogs need only be 1/16" above the top to hold a piece tight. Again, the old guys had it figured out long ago.


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