Joe Truini demonstrating adjustable benchstop in his workshop
An adjustable bench stop is a convenient safety feature for your workshop.

A bench stop is a great addition to any workshop. It’s simply a raised piece of wood that creates a lip to prevent woodworking projects from leaving the workbench.

So, if you’re planing or belt-sanding a board, you don’t have to take the time to add clamps because the stop will do the same job: prevent the board from shooting off the end of the workbench.

You can make an adjustable bench stop with nothing more than a piece of half-inch plywood. Cut a couple of slots with a jigsaw, and then on the end of the workbench put in two hanger bolts. I also added a couple of washers and wing nuts to hold it in place.

Then you just slip it in, and you can adjust it to the height of your workpiece — any thickness. 

When you’re watching the video and you see the black line I put on there, that’s about three-and-a-half inches above the workbench, which happens to be the exact height of my saw table on the miter saw.

This bench stop does double-duty as work support. So, the lip also can prop up the end of a board if you need it to do that.

You can adjust the bench stop to match your saw — that’s one benefit. The other great thing about this is, when you don’t need a bench stop, just loosen up the wingnuts and it drops down out of the way!

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