He has many videos and is an arborist by trade and some of the videos reflect upon a pretty awesome profession.
|Groz SP-4 boat anchor smoothing plane|
(not in my case as I was lucky!)
I tend to use Japanese pull saws and they don't work that well on bench hooks. I shall have to look how the Japanese woodworkers have an equivalent to a bench-hook I doubt it as they sit down on the floor when they work wood.
Making one couldn't be simpler.
|Measure the distance from the side of the plane to the blade|
- Cut a piece of 1/2" plywood about 9" x 12".
- Cut another piece of 2-1/2" x 1" x 6" hard wood such as rock maple (that's what Blair used on his).
- Cut a piece of 1-1/4" square x 9" long softwood and glue/pin/screw it to the underside of the board at the end closest to you.
- Glue the rock maple on the top piece of the board furthest away from you. You can square it up to the edge of the board if you desire (not critical).
- Measure the distance from the edge of you plane to the edge of the blade distance X in the picture.
- Find a piece of plywood stock that is around that thickness (normally 3/16"or less thick ) measuring around 6 x 8
- Square the end of this board relative to the side (this is the critical bit).
- Glue this piece to the board (or screw it down) so it butts against the rock maple and is in line with the end grain of the maple.
- You now have a planing guide.
- Take your favourite cross cut saw and accurately cut a kerf in the maple block that is square to the face. That is now your bench hook guide.
Follow Blair's advice in the video on how to use it.