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Project by Bob #2 posted 10-16-2007 05:49 PM 5821 views 36 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing the neat job that MOT/ Tom did with his shooting board I was enticed to make one of my own.
I am in the middle of milling some wood for small boxes so I will needed something to handle these small gauge materials.
I am a pack rat and wood hoarder by genetic make up so when I dug through one of my precious piles of scrap I found an old poplar plywood shelf, a piece of arborite (Tom’s idea) and a piece of 3/4” fir flooring plywood.
The rest were off cuts of oak walnut etc that would have been firewood.
Once I milled the stops to dead flat and square the rest went fairly quickly.
You have to get the stop lined up with the shooting edge at or very near 90 degrees and the shooting edge should be almost perfect in length and vertical as possible.
The reason I split the stop in two pieces was to allow for an alignment should the need occur.
I can shim the walnut piece on either end to shift the workpiece to plumb.

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Once the board was assembled I could use my plane to flush trim the stop block and align the guide edge up to the stop block. Tom was right about the arborite under the plane ,it really reduced the drag, I had to cut a 1/2” relief under the top board to let the arborite slip under for a good fit.

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Next I tested with my low angle block plane. Not a really good one but it does the trick.
It cut the African black wood like a butter knife and gave me a nice sharp 90 degree angle.

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Next I made the 45 degree attachment for lining up flat boards as per picture frames and box corners etc.
These have to be dead on so take your time if you are making one of these.

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The final shot was a jig to get 45’s on the bevels . I have always had a problem with this cut and spent many moons sanding the wood until it was too short. I’m hoping this jig will eliminate a lot of that.
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The next step is to get some decent plane irons so Mr. Hock will be getting a call soon.

Here are references for the plans I used

Enjoy

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner





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Bill

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#1 posted 10-16-2007 05:55 PM

Nice jig Bob. A three-in-one set up. I bet those boxes will come out right now.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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mot

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#2 posted 10-16-2007 06:06 PM

That’s great, Bob! I still have to do the mitre and bevel attachments for my board. Did you put a t-nut in the board to keep the bevel and mitre fixtures steady? I bet shooting with that jointer is pretty cool!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 06:18 PM

OK, Bob, You take the prize! Best in class. Great chute board. Also most involved. OK, everybody play catch up.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob #2

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 06:30 PM

Thanks Bill- all I need now is a decent cabinet maker in the shadows. <g>

Tom- I lined up both the 45 and the bevel attachments on top of each other and clamped them then drilled a hole through both into the the base so that everything aligns .
I disasembled the top of the board and shot a Propell (T—nut) in from the underside.

By adding a piece of 3/4” ply on top of the 45 I was able to use just the one knob for both pieces.
Thom, you are very kind. I just hope we all have one in the shop .
p.s. I have still to copy your japanese block (bench hook) – maybe this saturday.

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 06:49 PM

This is a great jig, Bob. Now you have Tom(mot) on the defensive…he has to play catch-up like Thos.Angle said!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 10-16-2007 06:52 PM

Very very nice Bob. I bet this will get lots of use.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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TomFran

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#7 posted 10-16-2007 10:51 PM

Great shooting board, Bob. Thanks a lot for posting all the construction details! I’ll be making one of these soon.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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mot

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#8 posted 10-16-2007 11:01 PM

I won’t catch up, Charlie. I’ll just go steal Bob’s on the weekend. Problem solved.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob #2

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#9 posted 10-16-2007 11:09 PM

Hee hee hee.
My shop is such a mess they’ll be sending out a search party for you!

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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David

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#10 posted 10-17-2007 07:32 AM

Bob -

Nice shooting board and attachments! I like the glimpse we got of your planes.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Joel Tille

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#11 posted 03-15-2008 10:20 PM

This came back out of the archives – thanks fro some added ideas to Mot’s thread. I started one about a month ago but got side tracked need to get back to it. Thanks for the link.

-- Joel Tille

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Bob #2

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#12 posted 03-16-2008 12:03 AM

Hi Joel:
Glad to help.
Good luck with yours.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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