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Shooting Board - Why did I wait so long??

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Project by MyChipCarving posted 10-28-2015 06:29 PM 4844 views 29 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed to make 3 frames for a customer so it was about time I made a shooting board. Why I didn’t make one years ago is the big question.
I looked at a few videos and combined some of the ways to make one. You can see in the photos that the 90 and 45 degree fences have a runner in the bottom. The runners and the grooves in the pine board are both angled a bit on one edge so that the fence can be tapped securely into place.
I made the fences extra long, tapped them into place, cut them off a bit proud, and planed them flush in the shooting board.
The 90 degree fence was dead on so I didn’t need to tweak that fence at all.
But the 45 degree fence needed a smidge of adjustment. I popped it out and used the shooting board to take a bit off one end until it was a perfect 45 degrees.

To use it I first but the miters for the frame on my sliding jig on the tablesaw.
Then I took each piece to the shooting board so each had a clean, perfect 45 degree cut and the corresponding pieces were the same length.
Quick and easy and I had perfectly mitered corners.

To think of all the time I wasted over the years monkeying around with my tablesaw and sander and ??? trying to get the frame to fit nicely.

Marty

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996





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BikerDad

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#1 posted 10-28-2015 09:30 PM

Nuts! This just gave “Shooting Board” a boost up my project list.

Nicely done, I like that you are using the same fixture for both 90 and 45.

-- I'm happier than a tornado in a trailer park! Grace & Peace.

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#2 posted 10-28-2015 10:03 PM

Why didn’t you make one years ago?!? Probably for the same reasons that I didn’t: never got around to it, too dependent on power tools, didn’t think it was necessary…

it is now one of the final joining tools in the shop. I use it to sneak up on the right lengths, squaring but joints, meters, jointing small pieces, etc. I am glad you now have one. if you are like me, it will become an integral part of you everyday woodworking.

-- DJG

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MyChipCarving

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#3 posted 10-28-2015 10:17 PM

BikerDad, bump it to the top of your list :-)
DJG, never made one because I thought I could get just as accurate on my table saw. Wrong! Not having one made me steer away from mitered corners. And sneaking up on 90 degree cuts was never as quick and easy as it is with a shooting board. Another reason I never made one was because I was too lazy to sharpen my hand plane!
So glad I finally took the plunge.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Pointer

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#4 posted 10-29-2015 12:54 AM

I had to look this up as I have never heard of a shooting board before. Thanks for posting. I learned a bit more today. I now see how it is used to produce a perfect angle and a clean gluing surface, but what do you do to assure that the pieces are the same length?

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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MyChipCarving

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#5 posted 10-29-2015 01:05 AM

but what do you do to assure that the pieces are the same length?
Hi Joe,
Good question. You know how important the length is along with the angles when making a frame. By cutting the pieces using the jig on my tablesaw, they were very close to the same length to start with. Then after using the shooting board I checked them against each other until they were exactly the same length with perfect miters. It only took a few extra passes on certain pieces to make them equal. You could also rough cut them to length using a hand/power miter box, bandsaw, or any other way you are used to. The closer they are to the same length to start with the less time it will take on the shooting board.
Marty

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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#6 posted 10-29-2015 01:23 AM

Is that a #4 that you trimmed those miters with? Very impressive-you must be very good at sharpening.

I made myself a 45^ & 90^ board a few years ago & can’t image not having them. I also made a bevel shooting board that I use every time I make a box.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 10-29-2015 01:39 AM

Very good Marty. This is on my “to-do” list also

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#8 posted 10-29-2015 02:48 AM

Thanks for posting

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#9 posted 10-29-2015 08:31 AM

Nice I use mine often as well. Sure helps.. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 10-29-2015 01:23 PM

I thought some more about why I didn’t make a shooting board years ago, and realized that I thought you had to secure the stops (45 and 90) perfect the first time or you were out of luck. Little did I know that if you made the stops with a wedge you could remove them and tweak the supporting edge until it was dead on. This made it much less intimidating to build and guaranteed that I could always tweak as needed to keep both angles perfect. And using the shooting board to do the tweaking also makes complete sense and was something I didn’t consider.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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#11 posted 10-29-2015 01:29 PM

Nice work, Marty/ It will be a great addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 10-29-2015 02:02 PM

Nice thinking with runners.
What wood?

-- shuja

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MyChipCarving

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#13 posted 10-29-2015 02:05 PM

Nice thinking with runners.
What wood?

I used walnut for the runners and cherry for the stops because I had some pieces laying around.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Pointer

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#14 posted 10-29-2015 10:41 PM

Marty, I see what you are saying now. Thanks for answering my question.

-- Joe - - Laughter is like a windshied wiper, it doesn't stop the rain but allows us to keep going.

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#15 posted 10-31-2015 12:07 AM

So sweet and creative…I’ve had mine for years and still use it continuously, enjoy yours…BC

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