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Project by blackcherry posted 2022 days ago 4256 views 28 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here a shooting board that fellow lumber jocks Fritz and Tom posted awhile back. I used phenolic plywood as the base and runway which greatly reduces friction. This allow the handplane to glide arcross the woodsurface with a slight touch or medium pressure, the results are amazing. The base in 18”x12”, runway is 3” wide, and the fence is 1 1/2” high x 1 1/2” thick. I used 1 1/4” course screw to attach the two ply together and double side tape. No qlue was used due to the Phenolic surface. I would recommend this jig for any hand plane user it makes quick work on end grain and dead on square. Thanks for viewing Blkcherry





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 2022 days ago

Nice , solid looking board. I was going to ask if you had applied Formica to MDF , but now I don’t have to … Is the fence Rosewood ? The close up of the joints looks great : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 2022 days ago

Dusty nice eye,recently I scored a box of Rosewood blanks from a craigslist seller. The box was label Ludwig and the blanks were used in making percussion instruments. All in all I there had to be better than 50 pieces. I made a cutting board for a customer over the holidays and man did that board have some weight to it. I plan on making some plane handle when I have some time. Thanks for viewing…Blkcherry

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kenwv

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#3 posted 2022 days ago

Hi all, I am new to woodworking. So this may be a fairly dumb question, but what is a shooting board? What is it used for? Thank for your help.

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blackcherry

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#4 posted 2022 days ago

Kenwv a shooting board is a jig that will take off small amount of wood using a hand plane and at the same time giving you a perfectly square edge. Sometime you may have saw mark left from either miter saw or table saws or bandsaw marks on end grain by using the shooting board you can remove saw cuts with just a few cut with you’re hand plane. In the pic above you notice that the hand plane is lying on its side, by just moving the plane north and south across the end gain you can remove shaving and as long as the wood remain tight against the fence the cut will be made at a perfect 90 degrees. Also by adding components to the fence you can do 45 and any other angle you choose. Best of all no sanding is needed the finish is glass like. I hope this helps explain the purpose of a shooting board.

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kenwv

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#5 posted 2022 days ago

thank you so much for your help. that is exactly what i really like about this site.

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#6 posted 2021 days ago

I have a bunch of Honduran Rosewood blanks that I’m saving at the moment for projects unknown. Once I get better on my lathe I will certainly be making some handles and also some knobs for tools and projects. I turned a small piece of it just to see how it cut and now I can’t wait to make something useful with it : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 2021 days ago

Thanks for the post! This was on my “next jig” list…. definately using phenolic ply!

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#8 posted 2021 days ago

Great looking shooting board…............... I’d like to know as well as to where to get phenolic ply. I have never seen it advertised or used anywhere before now.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 2021 days ago

Woodcraft has the phenolic ply…theirs is dark green instead of red.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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blackcherry

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#10 posted 2020 days ago

The people over at Woodpecker will have a once a year sale on various sizes. This stuff is expensive, I luck out and found a dist. in the Chicagoland area that deals direct with the folk over at Incra, I purchase two full sheets at 100.00 apiece , this stuff is eleven ply Baltic plywood it comes from Europe it’s also know as Finn board. Woodcraft sell it at close to 50 bucks for a 2ft x 4ft piece…ouch! White cap sell a particle board type center which sell for around 50 buck a full sheet 8’x4’. Its not of the quality of Finn board but would make nice outfeed table and jigs alike.

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Jerry

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#11 posted 1784 days ago

Gents,

What a superb use for phenolic plywood! I haven’t built a shooting board yet and really like the properties of this material for the plane “Runway” if you will. As an alternative, a cabinetmaker friend of mine recently turned me onto “MDO”, aka “Signboard”. It is made up of phenolic resin coated paper laminated between layers of ply (11 layers of wood in 3/4”) and twice again as many of the pheno- resin impregnated paper. Its what roadsigns are made of, its waterproof, flat , flat, flat and did I mention waterproof? You wont find it in Home Depot or Lowes, I have looked. The other nice thing about it for jig building is that it is relatively void free like marine ply and the paper exterior is very smooth. It is not quite as hard or slippery as phenolic but I think availability and price is much better than the hard to find fully phenolic ply. My local lumber yard carry’s it in 3/8’ths, 1/2” and 3/4”. A 4/8 sheet of 3/4” MDO up here is $65.00.

Perhaps if you only had a small piece of Phenolic ply you could just incorporate it into the shooting board in the area where the plane actually rides? I dont think that its necessary to make the entire jig from this rare , hard to find and expensive material? How about a “Runway” of High Density Polyethylene, HDPE? Thoughts?

I really like MDO for projects that call for plywood of any kind and have been using it exclusively when I can. As a side note, I hate MDF and have never been impressed with it for anything other than creating a noxious dust storm and blown out screw holes. I never understood it popularity but there are those who argue that its great…

Here is a link to the exact product I have been buying; Follow blue hi-lighted text for mfgr's website.


The MDO I have been using lately is so pleasant to work with, cuts and machines wonderfully, accepts primer and paint like a magnet and has the added bonus of being moisture resistant even after being cut. Its about half the price of marine plywood. I have actually been thinking about building a 20’ Dory out of the stuff.

If you haven’t tried it for anything yet give it a shot. I bet you will be as impressed with its qualities as I am.

MDO

MDO is actually saturated with Phenolic Resins, just not as much in the paper layer as the true phenolic ply. Here is an excerpt from the MDO/Lusterboard website;


MDO (Medium Density Overlay)

MDO is made with a high-quality paper saturated with phenolic resin solids and overlaid on exterior-grade plywood panels.

The selected hardwood veneer beneath the overlay is free of patches, providing a smooth surface with minimal grain show through.

MDO plywood is manufactured with waterproof resins that meet or exceed all veneer-grade, adhesion, and construction requirements.

It is stronger, more rigid, and less subject to creep than composition products. Innerplies and backs are all ÒCÓ grade or better.

MDO plywood can be sawn, nailed, routed, shaped and drilled.

The overlay is bonded to a hardwood substrate for a smooth, paintable surface and may be specified on one or two sides. “

Enjoy

Jerry

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#12 posted 1783 days ago

That’s a great write up on the MDO , Jerry …thank you . I’ve been thinking about building some jigs , etc. , and this sounds like a great alternative to Baltic Birch AND a lot less expensive. : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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blackcherry

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#13 posted 1783 days ago

Hello Jerry if you haven’t already you should move this great article to the review section of Lumber Jock. I think more jock would love to read about MDO…thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#14 posted 1017 days ago

Thats what I love about lumberjocks, hard-to-find information. A new material to work with. MDO medium density overlay, wow. Sounds perfect for jigs.

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