Is it necessary to clamp the far end of a shooting board?

  • Advertise with us

« back to Hand Tools forum

Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 11-07-2013 02:43 PM 1161 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View HarveyDunn's profile


328 posts in 1973 days

11-07-2013 02:43 PM

I’m going to build my first shooting board this weekend. I’ve seen the DVD on shooting from David Charlesworth. Very interesting. But he seems to think it is important/necessary to clamp the far end/ fence end of the board…even though it has a bench hook on the close end. My temporary bench is 30” wide. I know that is not ideal, but it is all I have for now. So that means it is going to be very difficult to clamp the far end, unless I make it ridiculously long, which I don’t want to do. So, can I ask the opinion of the hive mind: is it really necessary?

2 replies so far

View Ron Harper's profile

Ron Harper

133 posts in 2158 days

#1 posted 11-07-2013 06:30 PM

I have never clamped the far end of a shooting board.. Before you make one, watch the video on Youtube of Paul Sellers Shooting board

-- Ron in Kokomo

View paratrooper34's profile


915 posts in 3194 days

#2 posted 11-07-2013 06:37 PM

I absolutely clamp the shooting board to my bench. If you are shooting anything with some size, the shooting board has a tendency to move. That is aggravating. What I do is pinch mine between bench dogs on the end vise. You’ll have a much more pleasant experience if you clamp it down.

-- Mike

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