LumberJocks

Shooting boards and planes

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Dez posted 10-25-2010 11:05 PM 3486 views 2 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Dez's profile

Dez

1122 posts in 2801 days


10-25-2010 11:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question jig plane joining

Because I do not have a big shop for all my power tools I am finding I can still work wood with hand tools.
My question is – what planes do you folks use for trimming miters etc, especially with a shooting board?
The Stanley and other look-alike metal bodied planes I have would take a tremendous amount of work to make the sides square to the shoe. I am thinking I would build a wooden plane specifically for use with a shooting board.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. (Of course the less expensive the better, as long as the plane works well!)

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!


18 replies so far

View Dennisgrosen's profile

Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1839 days


#1 posted 10-25-2010 11:23 PM

just a side note
and proppely the cheapest :-)
its not so much that the side has to be square to the bottom
but that your plane iron has to bee square to the shootingboard
if you get the point
so if you don´t have access to a good stationairy beltsander sitting 90 degree to the table
I wuold recomment that you dedicate two of the bigger lowangle blockplanes to the shootingboard
and mitre shootingboard

take care
Dennis

View Chris 's profile

Chris

1867 posts in 2715 days


#2 posted 10-25-2010 11:30 PM

Removed… Sorry i posted in the wrong forum…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

View Dez's profile

Dez

1122 posts in 2801 days


#3 posted 10-26-2010 12:59 AM

Dennis,
I did realize that, The iron bodied planes I have actually rock and I cannot keep it square! I really do not want to “grind” them down, my #3 has “B&M RR scratched on the side!
thanks for the response.
I have the belt sander – crammed into a two car garage with no room to use it let alone to get to it!
I am in the process of building a shooting board now, have the raw stock etc!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

View canadianchips's profile

canadianchips

1836 posts in 1721 days


#4 posted 10-26-2010 04:08 AM

I found this battered old thing at flea market. I don’t think the seller really knew what it was. I really didn’t tell her either ! Bargained till the price was lower. MINE NOW ! Next is build or find a decent shoot board !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

View Dennisgrosen's profile

Dennisgrosen

10850 posts in 1839 days


#5 posted 10-26-2010 05:45 AM

what a buty Canadianchips
I gess it was alot lower than Lie-Nielsen´s price on 500$ as they take for theres….LOL

Dennis

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile (online now)

TopamaxSurvivor

15029 posts in 2400 days


#6 posted 10-26-2010 09:06 AM

Canadianchips Is there a makers name on it? What would you call it? A shooting plane??

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View docholladay's profile

docholladay

1286 posts in 1783 days


#7 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.

Doc

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

View Marc5's profile

Marc5

304 posts in 2066 days


#8 posted 10-26-2010 11:11 AM

I use a LN 5 1/2 for my shooting board, which seems to be sized perfectly for this application. The shoe does not necessarily need to be true 90. By using the lateral adjustment for the blade you can fine tune your cut so it is perfect. Quite honestly even the best of planes or purpose built planes require a little adjustment. Try it and you may find what you have will work. Good luck.

-- Marc

View Dez's profile

Dez

1122 posts in 2801 days


#9 posted 10-26-2010 11:40 AM

Canadianchips – Nice find! Lucky dog. :)
Doc – I’ve been wanting to build a wooden plane for awhile now and this is another good reason. I figured that it should be low angle for this purpose.
Marc – I checked all my metal bodied planes, none of them are square to the sole which I could deal with by adjusting the iron, however all of them rock badly as well and I really don’t want to try and take off that much metal. My #3 has B&M RR (Boston & Maine Railroad) scratched into the side, (an eBay purchase) and the rest belonged to my dad so all of them have some sentimental value as well as being good working tools.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

View canadianchips's profile

canadianchips

1836 posts in 1721 days


#10 posted 10-26-2010 03:16 PM

Topamax. All it has stamped on it is 861. (Raised numbers on side.) There was NO iron in it when I got it, therefore that clue is gone. It is very heavy, about 14” long as well. Tote handle is cast iron.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

View TopamaxSurvivor's profile (online now)

TopamaxSurvivor

15029 posts in 2400 days


#11 posted 10-27-2010 04:59 AM

Bet it wore out it’s blade! That is a lot of shooting:-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

View RalphBarker's profile

RalphBarker

80 posts in 1493 days


#12 posted 10-27-2010 06:38 AM

Presently, I’m using a Lie Nielsen low-angle jack with their “hotdog” attachment. Before that, a #4 proved to be a lot of work, and a #7 was easier, but a lot heavier.

View Dez's profile

Dez

1122 posts in 2801 days


#13 posted 10-27-2010 06:51 AM

Looked at that one today on the net, needless to say I had to replace my keyboard!
(it got a little soggy from the drool)
I would like to be able to have the heft of a metal body but i can’t afford the beauties like that.
I have some Bloodwood and a couple other pieces of hard and heavy wood on hand, I think I will do one first in some Sugar Maple I have left over and then another in the Bloodwood etc.
What can I say?
It gives me a chance to do something I enjoy and I get to make something nice for myself for once as well!
Double the fun!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

View TroutStalker's profile

TroutStalker

29 posts in 2092 days


#14 posted 10-27-2010 05:43 PM

The latest issue of Shopnotes has two articles about making wooden planes: a smoother and a miter plane to use with a shooting board.

I use a Stanley 5 1/2 with a straight (not cambered) iron.

-- The best thing online is a fish

View Dez's profile

Dez

1122 posts in 2801 days


#15 posted 10-27-2010 06:42 PM

Trout – Sounds like I better find a copy then.
It is a little weird how often an article comes out right about the time I need it!
I sometimes wonder if I have a spy in my life or if we are all connected somehow?
Good thing I am not overly suspicious!
Thanks for all the input folks!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

showing 1 through 15 of 18 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase