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Forum topic by rsain posted 09-07-2011 10:49 PM 1225 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2011 10:49 PM

Topic tags/keywords: shooting board 4

Not sure why I feel the need to say anything, but I do. Maybe this is for folks who haven’t learned the value of this tool.I made one a while back anticipating needing one while doing my current kitchen cabinet project. Today it proved invaluable. Keep in mind the cabinets are rustic hickory.

Was making the rails and stiles for the doors and to get that ‘just right’ fit I decided to take all 76 pieces to the shooting board. My very nicely tuned and sharpened Stanley #4 Bailey was the work horse. End grain hickory was flying everywhere – more like floating as the gossamer shavings drifted off the board (I kept saying to myself – “this is lekker”). Worked up a bit of a sweat by the time I was done. But surprisingly 76 pieces only took about 35 minutes. How did I ever work without this tool?

If you don’t have one, make one. :D

But – here is a question. I can see that the #4 has a mouth that is too wide relative to the sole to make this work as good as it should. What plane (besides the LN) is ideal for shooting (in your experience)?

- ryan

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#1 posted 09-07-2011 11:02 PM

Stanley # 6. Try it, you may like it.

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 11:03 PM

LV Low Angle Jack works awesome!

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 04:53 PM

Thanks for the replies! I think i’ll search for the #6 to restore first as I have other uses for it right now. But I can see why the LA jack would be good – being that shooting is almost always done on end grain.

Thanks again.

- ryan

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#4 posted 09-08-2011 05:49 PM

I’m with tirebob. I use my Jack with the 25 degree iron.

-- Don

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 06:12 PM

Thanks for the reminder on this. I’ve started building my collection of planes, and a shooting board is definitely on my to-do list.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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