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A Quick & Easy Stop Block

Stop Block Photo Stop blocks are an indispensable accessory when cutting pieces to length on the table saw or miter saw. And they don’t get much simpler or quicker to make than this one.

Designed to clamp onto a fence, this stop block is made from two 3″ × 5″ pieces of 1/2″ plywood. A solid-wood spacer that’s 1/16″ wider than the thickness of the fence holds the plywood pieces apart. (My fence is 3/4″ thick, so I made a 13/16″-wide spacer.)

Stop Block Diagram Tightening a knob on a carriage bolt that passes through both pieces of plywood clamps the stop block to the fence. A strip of sandpaper (for a wood fence) or rubber (for a metal fence) attached to the inside faces of the stop block provides a firm grip on the fence.

Good woodworking,

Wyatt Myers
Online Editor, Workbench

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