An iron planing stop, obtained from Peter Ross, is also going to be installed on my chairmaker’s bench. Ever since I read about these on Chris Schwarz’s blog a couple years back, I’ve had the bug to try one. Peter is a busy guy and the planing stop is worth waiting for as his workmanship is outstanding. Well this little bench as heavy as it is now will be a good place to try it out. It will have to do until I finally build a big Roubo bench in several years. I hope to cut the hole this weekend using a auger, saber saw and chisel or two as Chris Schwarz had described earlier. Finding a good piece of 3 inch by 3 inch oak will probably be accomplished by gluing up a couple pieces to thickness until I have larger stock available.
This was a fun project that I worked on for a couple months once I got the new workshop squared away. I used a mitre box like this back in my High School days in woodshop class. I bought this Stanley 360 mitre box with the saw on ebay before they got real expensive. After trying it out, I am mighty glad I sold my Craftsman Power Mitre box when we made our big move last Spring.
When I bought the mitre box and saw, they were rusty, but thankfully all the parts were pretty much there. After cleaning, putting on some new paint, adding a new poplar top and reconditioning the saw I can say that this is a sweet tool.
I promised Barb that I’d get back to building some Windsor chairs and other furniture now that this project is completed.
Hope you enjoy the pictures.