About five years ago I picked up an issue of Fine Woodworking and it had a few interesting shop helper projects that I wanted to build - including a miter sawing bench hook. I started with an off-cut piece of pre-finished plywood, cut and squared-up a piece 12" x 12" and one 12" x 3".
|Too shiny and smooth|
|Much better - don't want my work pieces sliding around|
|Here's what the toothing plane does|
|Lines laid out|
|Then cut to the lines, leaving bottom 1/8" uncut|
|Glued and screwed the maple to the plywood|
|When the glue had set, I finished the cuts|
|Miter cutting board sans hook|
|Hooks added to bottom register on front of bench and keep it from moving|
Note that these are meant for rough cutting, so you can finish up at the shooting board or with chisels, depending on the task.
Will I use these helpers? Well, I just don't know yet. I'll see in the next few months, but I think they'll be handy to have around.
On a completely different subject, I made myself a birdcage awl a couple years ago from some cherry and 1/4" square O-1 steel. It was OK, but not great because I filed and ground the angles incorrectly. Only the end 3/4" was tapered. I was just winging it and didn't know the proper angle to use.
|This awl always had to steep an angle|
|Marked with red "Sharpie" and ground carefully, dipping in water frequently|
|Ground new bevel starting about 1 3/8" back from the tip|