Shooting Boards #1: 45 Degree Bevel Shooting Board

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Blog entry by IkeandBerry posted 11-08-2009 04:41 PM 6524 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am working on a project for my wife and found that I have to mitre the ends of the box for the project. I can cut these on my RAS or my table saw but they will not be exactly right, so I went off on an adventure to find plans for a shooting board that will allow me to shoot a 45 degree bevel across a 13 board edge. Needless to say I did not find any large format shooting board plans that would work for what I need to do. Some of the boards that I am working with are just over five feet long and holding that in place while pushing a hand plane to shoot the mitre can be difficult. So after some thought and trial and error I came up with a bevel shooting board that keeps the board flat and puts the plane at a 45 degree angle to the board. This allows me to shoot it like I would on a normal shooting board plus I can use the handle on the plane instead of gripping the side. It works really well. When I finish the project that I am working on I plan on drawing up plans for it and posting it for others if you are interested. Follow the link to some pictures. Pictures.

-- There is nothing like the sound of a hand plane passing across a board in an otherwise quiet shop.

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#1 posted 11-08-2009 05:21 PM

I agree with Pat, that is an interesting looking board. I have not added one of these to my shop since my hand tool skills have been sorely neglected but I definately can see a need for one of these.

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 07:45 AM

Always good to see a Mac user, some of us so like the fine tools.

I’m a big fan of shooting boards too. My big saw is a RAS, but I lean toward hand saws, some thoughts….

If you alternately cross-cut or rip from both sides of the blade your total corners will be 90°.

The problem with ripping on a RAS is that we have ALWAYS been taught to cut on the WRONG side of the fence. I use 2 story sticks to locate a Rockler All in one clamp guide…

on the outside of the RAS motor.

You can rip thin strips, and I mean VERY thin thin strips. If your brave you can rip to within (1/2” to 1”), however close to your fingers you dare. (No kick-back, no danger, talk to me for details)

I have a rip sled that I can cut almost anything because my fingers aren’t too close to the blade.

I always hand-tool (hand-fit), the fine stuff.

My second observation is that if you have a router table, every 45° router bit is pretty close to perfect.

I cross-cut and rip my mitres from both sides of the set-up and get perfect mitres every time, you just have to alternate the joints!!


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