Stopand Wedge

A stop-and-wedge is an easy-to-make system for securing a workpiecc. All you need is a pattern of square holes in the worktop, a number of wooden dogs to fit. and a good selection of different size wedges. The technique is wonderfully direct. All you do is butt the workpiecc against a couple of stops, set two stops as near as you can to the other side of the workpiecc, and then bang wedges in between the stops and the workpiecc. The beaut)- of this arrangement is that it can be swiftly adjusted to suit almost any size workpiccc.

left: Using a

Bench stops and dogs arc variously wood or metal rods, pillars and blocks that stand up proud from the surface of the bench and against which the workpiecc is butted, gripped or otherwise held. Although there are many types - some with springs, others with swivel pads and screws - they all function more or less in the same way. In use, the workpiecc -usually a panel or board - is set flat-

side-down on the bench and then butted hard up against the stop or dogs.

left: Using a

above: Quick-rclcasc bcnch stop made of wood.

right: Bcnch dog designed to fit in a drill hole.

Square section

Adpstable dog location hole lor fitting protective wooden jaws above: Plain screw vise with adjustable dog.

Round seuion jodjr abo^S: Homo-mad« b»nch stop - two wedge type.

| Drill and screw the first batten to the ' bench.

Drill and screw the second batten to ^ the bench so that the workpiece fits loosely between the battens.

> Set the workpiece in place between ^ the two battens and slide the pair of* folding wedges in place.

A Tap the wedges toward each other ■ until the whole arrangement is tightly clamped.

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