Tuesday, April 05, 2011
New Vise Chop
You can also see the full length planing stop that I made from some Yellow Pine. My other planing stop is about 2 feet long, and scrub-planing anything longer was nearly impossible. My new stop limits the width of my bench top to 8 inches, but I rarely-if-ever need to plane anything wider, and of course it's removable (secured in place with 3/4 inch dowels).
You can see my old sissy vise chop below, made from a 2x6 Doug Fir. I had to set the parallel guide a full inch more than the stock thickness, so that when the wood bowed to give full contact, I would have sufficient pressure. There shouldn't be any such issues with the new chop. For a quick test, I clamped up a piece of 6/4" Curly Maple about 3 feet long in the vise and jointed one edge, no signs of slipping at all.