|Forum topic by Betsy||posted 03-11-2009 03:44 AM||1573 views||2 times favorited||5 replies|
03-11-2009 03:44 AM
I’m now banned from the shop until tomorrow night while the finish dries on my cabinet project. So I thought it would be a good time to drag out my shooting board and clean up a few box sides.
First, I have to tell you that I made about 12 boxes 3 or 4 years ago. Only a couple turned out well enough to give away. The others got relegated to a shelf and have been there since. But last weekend, I got a wild hair and pulled them down. I was right – they were not very good. So I took the band saw to them and cut them apart. So now I have all these parts that I can make smaller boxes with.
Secondly, when I cut the boxes on the band saw, I did not pay any particular attention to cutting them straight. I just free handed them through the saw. I cut out all the splines, etc.
So now I have a bunch of box sides that are not straight. Hence the pulling out the shooting board. Hand tools are so much fun.
But now to my problem. Despite the pictures I’m about to post, which make my hands look like dinner plates, my hands are not so big. The result is I’m having some trouble holding my work piece on the board securely as I pass the plane over the edge.
Well, I was going to post some pictures. But I can’t get the links to work. Usually when I hit copy (HTLM) the word “copied” shows up and I can paste it into the forum/blog space. But not tonight. Not sure why – if you have an answer for that I’d be appreciative.
Anyway – back to my shooting board issue. Because I can’t hold the piece secure, I don’t get a good square edge. Now on my table saw fences, I can put a piece of sand paper to help hold the piece and it works well. But when I use this trick on a table saw – it is usually on much larger pieces. These are small pieces. So can I put a piece of sandpaper on my shooting board and it not interfere with making the piece square. In other words, since most sand paper is not perfectly even across the face – will it interfere with the process of squaring my boards?
And – how would you secure the paper? I’m thinking spray adhesive (just a little). But welcome your suggestions.
Thanks in advance.
Humm – just reread this and I just want to add that I didn’t want to paste sandpaper to my board until I had an idea if it would work. No sense messing up a good board.
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