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Misc. Shop Appliances #3: Shooting Jack

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Blog entry by Smitty_Cabinetshop posted 02-08-2019 06:44 PM 489 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A fellow LJ had a great rust hunt not too long ago and posted a picture of a tool chest with this appliance inside.

I was fascinated, talked via PM, and was able to ‘make a deal’ to buy the piece and post what I learn about it.

LJ OldFart shared some insight that gave the jig a name: Shooting Jack for Small (Chair) Frames

Question I had was, how to hold it in use? Thought it might work well with a bench hook.

Saw mitre on brass end.

Shoot it on the wooden end, this time holding the appliance in the leg vise.

Seemed to work!

Right now it’s got a home in my tool chest (albeit upside down!).

Will post more as I learn more!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --



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#1 posted 02-08-2019 06:58 PM

Very cool. I don’t think I’ve seen one before.

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

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#2 posted 02-08-2019 07:28 PM

Thanks for posting Smitty. Looks like a workable tool for sure. I’d bet it works with a wide slick as well.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#3 posted 02-08-2019 07:33 PM

I have one of those! Interesting idea, re: paring.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#4 posted 02-08-2019 07:45 PM

interesting tool Smitty.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-08-2019 07:55 PM

The wear marks on the brass are at 90 degrees which imply something moving at a different direction than just your saw.

I wonder what the purpose is of the 2 wooden and metal threaded posts?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#6 posted 02-08-2019 08:00 PM

Cool piece of history!

-- http://timetestedtools.net - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#7 posted 02-08-2019 08:08 PM



The wear marks on the brass are at 90 degrees which imply something moving at a different direction than just your saw.

- lysdexic

I’m guessing the saw could work either direction, and has a great deal to do with how the stuff (and appliance) is held still while sawing. A bit of a mystery so far.

I wonder what the purpose is of the 2 wooden and metal threaded posts?

- lysdexic

Those are guides, and a means to adjust (open and close) the moveable jaw of the jig up tight against the stuff being worked, in a clamping fashion.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#8 posted 02-08-2019 08:09 PM

What I was trying to say is – something harder than brass approached the work piece from both directions. A saw as you demonstrate would only create wear marks in one direction.

**You responded before I posted this comment. You get my meaning.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - out_of_focus1.618

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#9 posted 02-08-2019 08:22 PM

And there is what appear to be saw markings on the wood side too. Hard to tell if these are clues to proper use, or remnants of clueless use? :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#10 posted 02-08-2019 09:17 PM

Or.maybe clues planted to lead you in the wrong direction! A blatant campaign of dis information, a plot so to speak. Opps, just got done reading the NY Times, my bad. Carry on.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#11 posted 02-08-2019 09:31 PM

Smitty, another illustration for your records.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#12 posted 02-08-2019 09:42 PM

Very interesting indeed. Looks like sash work, on a much larger piece. Meaning, secure the piece and let the jig ride on that piece. And the chisel of course. Thanks OF!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 02-08-2019 10:30 PM

Very interesting tool Smitty.
The bottom image in the picture just above appears to be working on miters for a door with raised panels. Nice and neat!
Thanks for posting this and great research Kev!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#14 posted 02-09-2019 09:40 AM

Glad it found a good home Smitty. Nice work!

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 02-09-2019 04:37 PM

Nice posting Smitty. I”m glad it found it’s way to your shop. I love using old tools but more especially, I like them being used by people who can appreciate them the way they were intended. Congratulations! BTW, I’ve been meaning to let you know that I got the your latest letter. Thanks.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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