|Forum topic by bobasaurus||posted 10-20-2013 02:13 AM||4256 views||2 times favorited||7 replies|
10-20-2013 02:13 AM
I recently bought one of the fancy Veritas shooting board planes and discovered the limitations of my existing shooting board. So I built a new one out of melamine, poplar, beech, and some baltic birch ply for the rail. I opted for a solid hardwood top so I could plane it flat (every piece of plywood/melamine/etc I found was warped in some way). I used William Ng’s “5 cuts” (actually 4 cuts on a shooting board) method with a feeler gauge to square the fence, and it worked like a charm.
Here it is in action with the fancy plane:
In the pictures I’m planing a 8×9” walnut panel square on all sides. I’m able to cut face grain and end grain in nearly any direction without tearout (I do occasionally get chattering cuts on end grain slices that I can’t figure out… flipping the board over seems to help). After the last cut, the remaining edge sat perfectly flush against the plane face without any gaps, so the fence squaring procedure worked really well. I really like having the rail on the plane track… keeps me from putting any lateral force on the plane so it’s much easier on my wimpy arms. Someday I’ll make a miter attachment too.
Eventually I might build a ramped version to even out wear on the plane, but for now this works great.
-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)