Because my workbench lacks dog holes, I always found myself needing to clamp a stop block to the edge of the bench while hand-planing boards.

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Because my workbench lacks dog holes, I always found myself needing to clamp a stop block to the edge of the bench while hand-planing boards. But long or wide pieces still shifted side to side while I worked them, so I made this adjustable benchtop holding jig to keep those pieces firmly in place—and it only requires a bench with a vise. To use it, simply clamp the jig's base cleat in your bench's vise and adjust the fence to match the width of your workpiece.

—Charles Mak, Calgary, Alta.