11/2 X 11/2X461/2

-infeed bed


outfeed bed 11/2 X 81/4 X 261/8

carriage bolt V8-18 x 3



Screw strut and foot assembly to bed.

Screw fence and brace to beds.

front plane clamp (Shape to fit plane body.)

threaded knob

rear plane clamp (Shape to fit plane body.)

Motorized jointers do an excellent job of straightening edges, but jointing an edge with a hand plane is still a loc more satisfying. My edge-jointing jig preserves some of that pleasure. It's as precise as a real jointer, bur quieter and tar less expensive. And its shear cutting action produces super-smooth surfaces.

The theory behind this jig is simple: Mount a hand plane upside down, and provide a long stationary bed and a fence. My jig holds a No. 7 jointer plane, but you could easily adapt the design for just about any size of bench plane.

I built my jig from kiln-dried 2x dimension lumber with a double layer of ^/4-in.-thick MDF (medium density fiberboard) for the bed. (See drawing.)

Dimension the bed in one piece, then crosscut it at 22M to form infeed and out-feed sections. Use your plane to establish the proper spacing between the infeed and outfeed tables, and attach the fence and brace boards that join the bed sections together. Screw, but don't glue, the fence and brace to the beds—you'll prob ably need to detach these pieces to insrall the carriage bolts for the plane clamps.

Shape your plane clamps to bear on flat, solid sections of the plane body— one near the heel of the plane and one near the toe. When shaping and positioning your clamps, try to direct clamping pressure where the plane sole bears against the fence and brace. Adhesive-backed weather stripping makes a good cushion where your clamps contact the plane body.

Bore holes through the beds and clamps for the carriage bolts. Then countersink the head of each bolt. Use threaded knobs co apply clamping pressure.

To use your jig, first clamp both feet of the jig to your workbench so that feed pressure won t shift the jig. Set your plane iron to cut a paper-thin shaving and push the stock across the jig as you would on a motorized jointer, applying pressure against the bed and the fence. A

LLOYD LeDREW is retired and lives outside of San Francisco, CA.

No motor necessary. This jig has infeed and outfeed tables and a fence, just like a motorized model. But the cutting is done by a hand plane.


Have a shop jig or fixture you'd like to share? Send a photo or sketch with explanation to American Wood-worker, ii E. Minor Street, Emmaus, PA 180S8. Next issue's contributor will receive pairs of 24-in. and 40-in. Bessey K-Body Clamps worth $237.

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