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#1 posted 10-26-2010 10:28 AM

Why not build a custom wooden plane for use with a shooting board? Sounds like a great solution to me. Most of what I have heard, seen, read about using shooting boards is that you want a plane that has significant mass to it. The reason being that you are often cutting end grain on a shooting board so you want something that once you get it moving will have enough mass to help carry it through the cut. As a result, a lot of people use a jointer size plane with a shooting board. However, depending on the size of the work, you could actually use most any plane that you want as long as you can find a way to get the cutting iron square to the work. I have even seen block planes used, which brings up another point. Since you usually are cutting end grain on a shooting board, why not use a low angle plane of some sort. Whether you build it yourself or purchase one, a low angle design might be helpful to make the work go more easily.


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