Paring off just a little material from the edge of my workpiece seemed the perfect task for a sharp hand plane.

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Paring off just a little material from the edge of my workpiece seemed the perfect task for a sharp hand plane. But the piece was too large to fit my shooting board, and I quickly found that my hand plane wanted to tip on the workpiece's narrow edge. This simple edge guide—hardboard glued to a scrap of plywood, with rare-earth magnets epoxied into countersinks—solved that problem by keeping my plane steady and centered on the narrow workpiece edge.
—John Stahr, Chicago