|Project by OSU55||posted 04-01-2015 02:36 PM||1776 views||6 times favorited||2 comments|
Except for the dedicated shooting planes, the Veritas BU LA Jack plane is the best choice for a shooting board plane. It does have one shortcoming (as do any other planes except the dedicated shooters) – a comfortable grip For those who have spent much time using a plane on a shooting board, you know it can be a bit hard on the plane operating hand if you are doing more than a few boards. I believe LN sells a hotdog for their low angle bench plane, and I think a few people make them commercially, but I’m not aware of any for sale for the Veritas BU LAJ.
My goals were an ergonomic grip that put my wrist at a good angle, provided a large, well shaped area for my palm to exert force, improve plane stability in use, be fairly easy to install and remove, and stay in place while in use. Pictured is the result. I decided on a 3 layer laminated design, which allowed me to shape the center piece to fit the shape of the side casting and do initial sizing and shaping of the other pieces before glue up. The front of the handle has a cutout to locate the hotdog against the back and top of the plane mouth which prevents the hotdog sliding forward in use and positions the front of the handle vertically. It also has a relieved area to clear the lever cap – required to have handle material where needed elsewhere. The outer piece includes a relief for a thumb rest. It required a lot of refinement when put into use, but functions very well. I can spend a couple of hours on the shooting board if needed and not have a sore palm from it, and it allows force to be applied more directly in line with the cut. I’ve been using it a few years now and it is holding together.