Over the weekend I installed a new bench stop to my workbench. We had these on the benches when I was a youngster and they worked well. I was glad to see they were still being made though and so I thought I might use one from time to time.
They are quick and easy to install although on the package they say they are to be used in conjunction with a vise dog, but though they can, that wasn’t they way they were intended for use. Bench stops were always placed somewhere near the corner of the bench according to left or right handed use. I installed mine to the left of my vise when I am standing facing the vice. That means as a right-hand dominant person the planing hand is over the bench pushing from my right hand and I have the full length of my bench for supporting the material on the benchtop.
and then recessed the various depths by using the square to guide me after setting the depth to the two different levels.
I refined the recess with the router plane to make it solid and a hair below flush with the benchtop.
The stop allows access inside for screwing it down into the recess.
Once installed it’s a solid stop to plane against but make an allowance for removing any indents in the end grain where it matters.
Oh, I bought the stop from C W Tyzak via eBay for £10.