|Project by rtbrmb||posted 03-01-2013 05:05 PM||2683 views||9 times favorited||4 comments|
I am still amazed everyday at the generosity/knowledge of woodworkers around the world dispayed on this website!
With the little time I get to do woodworking (making sawdust), I have tried to concentrate on box construction. Even though I have been happy with the boxes I have constructed thus far, I have never been able to get the perfect combination of a 45^ bevel and a 90^ edge-to-edge cut. I have built jigs for my DW contractors saw, wrapped foil tape around the miter bar, etc..just leads to more frustration. After getting them close I would always have to fiddle with the corners using files, handplane (freestyle), sanding blocks, etc. In the end the finish was good, but I wanted something more efficient.
Spending hours searching the archives, I ran across this forum topic from wingate 52.
Once I saw his shooting board, I searched the web to find some more info on constructing one. I used all scraps-the base is 3/4” MDF, sides are old maple table legs, the top is an old oak sewing table top & the cleat is a piece of leftover maple. My shooting board will accomidate a piece 1 1/2” tall, 11 1/2” wide and 24” long.
I have previosuly gone down the slippery slope of e-bay handplanes (as many LJ’s have) and built this for my turn-of the century Jack Plane. I was able to get it to work a little but decided it was time to step up to what many consider the best handplanes currently available, Lie-Nielsen. I purchased a #62 low angle jack and when it arrived, my daughter said it was like watching a kid open a gift at Christmas.
I checked a few things and put it to the test & I could not believe I was getting shavings at .005 from 3/4” walnut for a shadow box for my wife-a future project. In a matter of minutes, all 8 corners of the box were 45^ beveled & 90^ edge-to-edge. I love working with my antique Stanleys that I have rescued off e-bay, but the the low-angle jack from Lie-Nielsen is just in a different league.
There have been several great reviews of the plane already posted on this website, so I probably won’t do another. Long story short, I think I have found the right combination to effeciently build boxes in the future. Hope this helps others that may also be pursuing the “perfect” angles\bevels.
Bill in MI