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Posted on Are shooting boards a 20th century crutch?

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#1 posted 11-04-2015 01:34 PM

You put a small shim behind the outside edge of the molding that is not at the correct angle, tilting it out and closing the gap. This takes care of the 1 – 1.5 degree error of the door frame, window frame, wall, or your error. The gap behind is always filled with caulk.

The problem is not usually the miter saw but I have had a couple of power miter saws that did not hold a 45 degree angle. I now use an old Craftsman which was a Millers Fall miter saw (manual) because it cuts more accurately and smoother.

For Christmas I am getting a shooting plane (Veritas) and will be making a shooting board.

Why you ask, because there are times in making frames and boxes that you want a super clean face that this will give. I have had a need for it and have used bench planes in a pinch but the results were not what I was looking for. Without buying a guillotine type of cutter for frames, which occupies a lot of space and what I consider a uni-tasker, this seems to be the right choice for me. The interesting challenge is to make the shooting board the way I want it – to support a wide degree of flexibility. Still working on the design.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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