LumberJocks

Handplane advice

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Dale Robinson posted 2241 days ago 1160 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Dale Robinson's profile

Dale Robinson

33 posts in 2514 days


2241 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question

I went to a heritage festival today and talked to one of the guys doing woodworking with traditional tools I talked to him about a problem I was having making small joints that have a tight fit. He showed me a shooting board and told me how to use it.

He laid a board down on the shooting board and and ran a plane across the piece. When he was done, I noticed that he had actually planed the end grain of the board. I am using thin boards ( less that 1/2 inch thick ) and I have tried running end grain across my joiner with terrible results. Can the plane run across these thin boards without tearing them up?

Dale

-- Dale, southeast Misouri http://www.makingwoodentoys.net


11 replies so far

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

12255 posts in 2698 days


#1 posted 2241 days ago

Absolutely.

LumberJock Alf has good info on her web site

http://www.cornishworkshop.co.uk/shootingboards.html

My current shooting board setup is in my blog. Plane is by Lumberjock Phil Edwards and the shooting board is by Michael Conners out of Australia.

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/WayneC/blog/1987

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

12255 posts in 2698 days


#2 posted 2241 days ago

Oh and if your looking to make a shooting board from the plans in Alf’s sites, I would recommend a used Stanley Baily 5 1/2 as a good starter plane to use. If you want to spend a little more money then one of the low angle jack planes from LN or LV.

Lie-Nielson Low Angle Jack Plane

Veritas Low Angle Jack Plane

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

12255 posts in 2698 days


#3 posted 2241 days ago

Also depending on what your doing you can plane end grain with the right technique with a low angle block plane or a bench plane for that matter.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View Taigert's profile

Taigert

593 posts in 2441 days


#4 posted 2241 days ago

I love my shooting board, I have it set up to do 90’s and 45’s. I use my LN low angle jack or my LN Scew plane they both do a great job.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

View teenagewoodworker's profile

teenagewoodworker

2727 posts in 2369 days


#5 posted 2241 days ago

ya its not a good idea to run end grain over a jointer but a shooting board would work great on end grain. thats the beauty of planes, they can be used for almost any task you can think of.

View johnjoiner's profile

johnjoiner

160 posts in 2494 days


#6 posted 2241 days ago

I use an old Bailey #7 with an after-market blade for my shooting. It’s a great thing to be able to fine tune the length of a piece 1/1000 of an inch at a time.

I played with both the LN and LV low angle jacks at the WW show a few months ago, and fell in love with the LN. But my #7 works well enough that I haven’t brought myself to spend the money yet.

-- johnjoiner

View Dale Robinson's profile

Dale Robinson

33 posts in 2514 days


#7 posted 2240 days ago

Wow, guys.

Thanks for all the information. It was all very useful.

Dale

-- Dale, southeast Misouri http://www.makingwoodentoys.net

View Keith Cruickshank's profile

Keith Cruickshank

41 posts in 2245 days


#8 posted 2240 days ago

Yes, as Wayne says, a low angle block plane is great for working end grain. If you don’t have a shooting board handy, the key in that case is to use a backer block or board to prevent tear-out on the back side where the blade edge exits the back side of the stock. The shooting board has one built-in so to speak, but you can get the same results in a pinch with a backer board simply mounted behind the stock place in a vice.

Good luck.

Keith
p.s. For some, this video demo might help – go to:
http://woodtreks.com/an-introduction-to-five-top-plane-types/20/
(go to minute 2 for block plane demo on end grain)

-- Keith Cruickshank, www.woodtreks.com - on-demand woodworking videos

View WayneC's profile

WayneC

12255 posts in 2698 days


#9 posted 2240 days ago

Cool video Keith. Who is the manufacture of the wooden smoother and jointer? HNT Gordon?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View John Ormsby's profile

John Ormsby

1276 posts in 2338 days


#10 posted 2240 days ago

They look like Ulmia brand planes

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

View Dorje's profile

Dorje

1763 posts in 2597 days


#11 posted 2237 days ago

Dale – not much new to say here, but a shooting board is a must to fine tune the work you’re doing…especially good on that scale. It’s true that almost any well tuned plane can give you good results.

I use a LN 62 for my shooting, but have felt the LV and it really seems to have more heft (which may make it even a better plane for shooting). A friend of mine uses a 5 1/2 and that too has the heft needed. johnjoiner uses the #7. That fits the bill too! Size of the plane really depends on the work, though a larger plane can handle a much wider range of stock than a smaller one.

Good luck!

Here’s another couple LJ shooting board contributions…

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/3003

And Mot’s VIDEO:

http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/boboswin/blog/3407

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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