Planing Stop

Several years ago I constructed a simple but heavy workbench out of 4x2 timber joined with screws with two layers of mdf for the top. It served my needs for a solid flat surface on which to leave tools lying around and spill things but after a long workshop hiatus I realised the top had degraded beyond repair and needed to be replaced. Having come to loathe working with MDF I substituted a nice clean sheet of 1/2” plywood and added a Record No. 55 vice. It is still far from ideal though. The screws continually work loose and have to be tightened and for woodwork, sheet ply is incompatible with all the traditional methods of workholding which require boring holes through the bench top.

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