|Project by mot||posted 10-12-2007 04:49 AM||11525 views||31 times favorited||40 comments|
A shooting board is used to dimension and square stock with a hand plane. Shooting boards are a time proven way of eliminating compound errors with squaring smaller stock. There are some excellent descriptions at the following link:
The ramp on my board is made using 3/4 laminated particle board. Typically you would wax the plane a bit to allow it to slide easier. Wayne and I were discussing the efficacy of using melamine in order to facilitate this same thing. The baseboard is 1/2” baltic birch with the fence and cleat (hook) of red oak. All pieces are shop scrap. My ramp does not extend past my fence as I typically make my boards this way. The link shows the ramp extending past the fence which is a decent idea to continue to support the plane past the fence.
As you can see in the second picture, the blade isn’t the full width of the sole of the plane, therefore with the plane on it’s side, there is a ledge that is formed. This is how the shooting board keeps from getting eaten away as you dimension stock.
Shooting boards can also be made with the baseboard at an angle downward to the fence. This would allow for a bit of a tangent cut as well. I normally don’t go through the trouble. I make a new one of these when I drop my old one too much. This is a quick project which really makes small projects a cinch. I just seem to always kick the darn thing around as I have no wall space to hang it. I hope this one sticks around a bit, but that melamine is a tad fragile. We’ll see.
I’ve been typically clamping the bench hook in my front vise, but it’s not necessary. The first pic shows the hook clamped.
Thanks for looking.
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