Veritas Shooting Board Track + Shooting Board

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Project by ChuckM posted 07-18-2016 01:27 PM 3901 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A commercial shooting board alone could cost over $400. As a woodworker, I think it’s a better deal for me to spend the money on a set of shooting plane (PM-V11) and track and build my own shooting jig.

The Veritas track has a built-in dust chute on the base –,230,41182.

After several hours of shop time—distracted by the continual visits of a neighbor’s kid and her dog, Molly—I have got a new precision jig (16” x 19”).

Construction notes:

Instead of installing the track butt against the top board (as shown in the user manual), I mounted the track with its inside edge flush with the top board by cutting a narrow rabbet underneath the top board.

For shooting miters, I use this jig:
The old shooting board (for use with the LAJ) can be seen in the doggie picture.

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#1 posted 07-19-2016 11:32 AM

Excellent Job Chuck!

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#2 posted 01-30-2017 12:37 AM

Older post, but found it interesting. I’ve built five different shooting boards. Using different wood, setup and quality. Had problems with them all. Many beginners including me have a common question. Doesn’t the plane cut along the track and eventually destroy it. The common answer is no. But I found that it does. Also, as the board is used a small ridge is created in the left bottom corner. This is caused by the blade which does not extend past the mouth. This ridge prevents the plane from being pressed completely to the track. Therefore, the plane rocks as pushed. Also, using different planes on the board causes further problems. You can see that this track prevents the ridge from being created. The middle right picture shows that the bottom edge of the plane can’t create the ridge.
Now that I’ve seen close up of the picture, the track is on my to buy list.
This LJer make a diy version that looks interesting.

A couple of pointers I’ve learned from creating several shooting boards.
Keep it as simple as possible. The complex ones don’t seem to offer much benefit for the extra work.
Make sure the fence is adjustable.
Adding a 45 degree option is ok, but is difficult to get right.
Found that FWW recently (late 2016) had a video that covered a shooting board along with other bench jigs.
Has a very simple fix for adding a 45 degree fence. Will work this into my next one.

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