Thicknessing small items may be difficult. Once I must trim items which are too quick to be dealt with safely on a machine, I exploit a spacer system to information my handplane. I make the spacers lengthy sufficient that I can run them safely by way of the planer to the thickness I’m after. I put a bit of tape underneath every spacer to account for the protrusion of the airplane blade from the only real. The spacers and workpiece get butted up in opposition to a large cease on the workbench, however the workpiece will get a further block in entrance of it so the airplane will journey previous it whereas nonetheless supported by the spacers.
—DAVID JOHNSON, Los Angeles
Illustrations by Dan Thornton
From Advantageous Woodworking difficulty #287