Hello fellow Lumberjocks! I wanted to share a shooting board design with you folks before I start cutting. :) I’m a hand tool guy so far (except for drilling and the occasional jigsaw cut on large stuff) so a good shooting board is essential. I already made one, but the fixed (glued) fence was somehow off by 1 degree, and the paste wax that I used on the runway tends to burn, so this time I’m not messing around. :)
Following are a few 3D renders of my intended design. I’m not set on the measurements yet, or the materials, but the renders imply that it’s solid wood. I’m thinking ply for the base and the runway layer though (I have a few small pieces of a beautiful mahogany ply that I have no other use for). The fence would be a solid hardwood. I also may bring the fence away from the end a little to give a bit more room for the plane to travel after the cut. All that momentum can work against you!
The intention is that the fence is bolted on, with one pivot bolt near the runway, and an adjustment mechanism at the far end. This would be used in 2 configurations. With an angle cut on one side of the fence (which would be reversible) the fence also become the mitering jig. There’s a bolt hole placed in the appropriate spot in the center of the board, allowing for rotation of the fence to that location, and the adjustment still works in that configuration. The fence itself could be flipped over so that the miter on one side is exposed to the plane when in miter mode, and a square is exposed when doing right angles.
The hole in the board for the miter mode also becomes a mounting point for the corner jig, which also bolts through the fence. All of this is slightly adjustable using the adjustment on the fence.
So, that’s the plan! :)