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Forum topic by langski93 posted 04-22-2016 03:11 AM 674 views 1 time favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-22-2016 03:11 AM

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I made this a couple of years ago, but I just ran across another thread from last year about pros and cons of dialing in a crosscut mitre sled or using a shooting board. There was much concern about ending up with multiple pieces with different lengths. Using this shooting board, I mark my line leaving a very fine kerf. With a tuned plane I can decide whether I want to shoot to the line, take the line or split the line. I am talking about shavings in the thousandths on a razor thin line. Trust me its easy and actually kind of fun.

If I had to do it over again, I would have a second ramp running down the port side. Which brings up another point. Most ramps I have seen run upward, but honestly I have not looked all that much. My accidental theory is that the downward stroke is more efficient with the momentum of the plane and will make it easier to prevent “lift” in the piece I am planing. Yeah, yeah, that’s why I made it a down stroker ;) but honestly, a down stroker was probably the last photo I saw on the internet of things.

I have used a LN 5.5 Bench, Low Angle 602 and Iron Mitre plane (pictured) as well as a Bailey 4.5 on it. They all work great provided they are sharp (they are), but the Iron Mitre was made for it. The 5.5 Bench was my back up and I suspect as it has substantial mass it makes sense, though the Iron Mitre has plenty of mass and is more comfortable.

I also have two triangle attachments, one for shooting 45 deg corners of a frame (pictured) and one for 45 deg on a box corner (not pictured). They work great.


-- Langski, New Hampshire

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