Shooting Board

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Project by ChunkyC posted 08-30-2010 12:35 AM 5745 views 17 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is from the latest issue of ShopNotes, issue 113. I had a couple of hours of down time last night while a waiting on a glue-up and thumbed through the latest issue. Low and behold, just what I need! I was in the process of thinking though how I was going to modify my shooting board for 45’s, it would only do 90’s, when I read this.

Dirt simple to make and simple enough to use. The hardest part was making the knobs.

I made mine from all MDF. Not the best choice in the world but I had a couple off cuts cluttering up the shop and I need the room!

Changes form the plan: I don’t like the cleat on the bottom. The article calls for the board to be clamped in a vise. Now you’re back to having an old ball fixture that you can’t set anywhere because the tops not flat nor the bottom. I’ll add a cleat just like I did to my bench hook so that I can hang it on my French Cleat System.

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Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 08-30-2010 12:51 AM

Nice shooting board, these jig really make hand planing a joy and i like the modification of the french cleat. Will have to borrow that one as well…thanks for sharing BC

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#2 posted 08-30-2010 04:47 AM

I was looking at this article today and want to build it, thanks for sharing.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 02:32 PM

OK, newbie question- what is a shooting board used for?

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 02:53 PM

To ChunkyC…Well done! A well made and usefull tool
To Knothead… A shooting board is used to plane the end grain of a piece of wood. That version means you are not confined to the standard 90 and 45 degrees.
Hope this helps.

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 07:28 AM

another cool tool… keep the ideas coming..

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#6 posted 08-31-2010 11:28 AM

Nice build!

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

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#7 posted 02-27-2013 01:18 PM

I make the occasional picture frame and one of these would be very handy. I just can’t figure out how exactly you’re making it adjustable to accommodate different angles.

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