Portable Planer Workpiece Supports

With an old handscrew clamp and some scraps of hardwood you can use a thickness planer to make uniform-width cabinet stiles, rails, and other pieces with jointer-smooth, square edges, as shown above.

Prepare your workpieces by jointing one edge and ripping the other edge so the workpieces are slightly too wide. Then, clamp down one of the workpiece guides to your planer's infeed table, and adjust its face 90° to the planer table. Adjust the face of the opposite guide so the stile fits snugly between the guides. Clamp the other guide down. Use the handscrew clamp to fine-tune the snugness of the guides and the workpiece.
—Bob Killian, Lubbock, Texas

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