Up until now I have been securing stock for planing using a toothed bench stop and holdfasts. The rails on this settle are over 7' long. I roughed them out a while ago and now the surfaces have dried a little, I need to clean them up. I have been watching these fellows' research into Dutch and Scandinavian workbenches at Hovelbenk and the side wedged stop looks right for my bench.
And I had best make some holes in the legs for my new holdfasts. With them and the wedge stop, this rail is held firm for shooting its edge.
I picked up this interesting tool at a sale yesterday.
I must admit to not knowing what it was at the time, but now I do.
Does anyone else know?