My Shooting Board #1: Another method for making this handy tool

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Blog entry by Bob #2 posted 02-06-2008 12:36 AM 8841 reads 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After seeing the neat job that MOT/ Tom did with his shooting board I was enticed to make one of my own.
I am in the middle of milling some wood for small boxes so I will needed something to handle these small gauge materials.
I am a pack rat and wood hoarder by genetic make up so when I dug through one of my precious piles of scrap I found an old poplar plywood shelf, a piece of arborite (Tom’s idea) and a piece of 3/4” fir flooring plywood.
The rest were off cuts of oak walnut etc that would have been firewood.
Once I milled the stops to dead flat and square the rest went fairly quickly.
You have to get the stop lined up with the shooting edge at or very near 90 degrees and the shooting edge should be almost perfect in length and vertical as possible.
The reason I split the stop in two pieces was to allow for an alignment should the need occur.
I can shim the walnut piece on either end to shift the workpiece to plumb.


Once the board was assembled I could use my plane to flush trim the stop block and align the guide edge up to the stop block. Tom was right about the arborite under the plane ,it really reduced the drag, I had to cut a 1/2” relief under the top board to let the arborite slip under for a good fit.


Next I tested with my low angle block plane. Not a really good one but it does the trick.
It cut the African black wood like a butter knife and gave me a nice sharp 90 degree angle.


Next I made the 45 degree attachment for lining up flat boards as per picture frames and box corners etc.
These have to be dead on so take your time if you are making one of these.

The final shot was a jig to get 45’s on the bevels . I have always had a problem with this cut and spent many moons sanding the wood until it was too short. I’m hoping this jig will eliminate a lot of that.
The next step is to get some decent plane irons so Mr. Hock will be getting a call soon.

Here are references for the plans I used



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#1 posted 02-06-2008 01:49 AM

Very nice Bob. Looks like a great addition. You will have to make a miter plane to go with it.

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#2 posted 02-06-2008 02:01 AM

Looks like a worthy beast!

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#3 posted 02-06-2008 02:07 AM

This looks like a nice jig to add to your shop.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-06-2008 02:10 AM

Sweet! I’ve just made this one a keeper. Thanks.

I am assuming that arborite is a phenolic laminate product like Wilsonart or Formica?


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#5 posted 02-06-2008 02:54 AM

jcees, you are right, forgive the parochail dialect. We are what they tell us we are.

I shall stay with “phenolic laminate product ” in future.


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#6 posted 02-06-2008 03:44 AM

Looks nice a nice tool there Bob.

I would have thought that the bevel attachment would be higher to give you more support on the workpiece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 02-06-2008 04:42 AM

Looks great Bob! I like the attachments.

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#9 posted 02-06-2008 07:35 AM

How did you ever function without it? I recently made one too…what a treat to have.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 02-06-2008 11:46 AM

Great shooting board.

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#11 posted 02-06-2008 12:47 PM

NIce one Bob! – I still have not made one of these yet, I do not ever seem to need it – one day!

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#12 posted 02-06-2008 03:46 PM

Karson: ” I would have thought that the bevel attachment would be higher to give you more support on the workpiece.”

It can be modified to suit the occasion. I built this one for small boxes but making it taller is not too difficult.


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#13 posted 11-15-2010 09:29 AM

Been meaning to make one of those

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