A Bench Stop
Here’s a bench top from close to home. Our workshop in fact. This bench stop comes from our old bench top that was fixed against the wall at our Cooks Cross Workshop. The top is 2 1/2″ inch (63mm) beech and is thoroughly battered, bruised and used, just like a good bench should be. It features some nice old nails too designed to give extra bite when timber is thrust against the stop.
Although perhaps this type of stop would not be the first choice of work restraint for many woodworkers it certainly proved very useful to most old school joiners. Even after the bench top was retired from hand planning it still found a home in the corner of our new workshop. And if I do need to plane something up by hand its still right there.