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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 11-07-2013 02:43 PM 615 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HarveyDunn

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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?


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#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

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#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

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