Jigs and Fixtures #3: Shooting Board Basics - VIDEO

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Blog entry by mot posted 01-13-2008 08:46 PM 29781 reads 26 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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WayneC, Bob #2 and I, have had some conversations about shooting boards. The conversations don’t last long because we all agree with eachother. It’s really the death of conversation. However, some of the hand tool posts have netted some good questions on what a shooting board is, how it works, what it does and how you use it.

I put together a 15 minute overview of the basics of the shooting board. Please note, the shooting board is a tool that will have unlimited uses in your shop. For box makers, I think it’s as invaluable as your imagination. The shooting board can be used in many ways and I’ve tried to cover three or four ways that I make use of it. Construction of the shooting board can take many different forms. A quick google of Shooting Board, will net you some great discussions and information.

Also, on Lumberjocks, you can read some of the projects and discussions from WayneC, Bob #2, and yours truely.

So, onto the video. Enjoy! Of course, any questions or comments are greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 01-13-2008 08:50 PM

Great example on how to use a shooting board! Nice video.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 10:07 PM

thanks for posting this Tom. It’s a great visual to add to the millions of written descriptions and still photos. I really like your setup with the ramp. Makes quick work of setup and breakdown! And the laminate running board is a feature i will certainly add to my own shooting board…. when i get around to building one.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca (dedicated to my other hobby)

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 10:28 PM

first class vid. very nice of you to spend your time on it . thanks

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 10:41 PM

Thanks for taking the time to post this technique Mot.
Your efforts are making this place a go to destination for fellas and gals just getting into some of these areas.



-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 01-13-2008 11:00 PM

Well done Tom. The video answered some questions I had! Thanks for taking the time.

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#6 posted 01-13-2008 11:52 PM

I’m enjoying your videos; simple and to the point with good information. I’m just starting the hand tool path and went to buy a plane and realized I know not of what I seek. Actually, seeing your shooting board cleared up a lot. Thanks.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 12:36 AM

Thanks for sharing Tom. Great video, well presented.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 01:13 AM

Tks Tom. The information that I have read still left me a little confused. You filled in all the gaps.

Great job . . . I felt like I was there with you.

-- BLOG -

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 01:23 AM

Tom thanks for the video, I have been starting to use my hand planes more and this looks like another good place to venture into with them. Like Fritz said, this aids all the photos and text that are out there. A picture is worth a thousand words but a video speaks volumes.

-- Joel Tille

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 02:00 AM

Thanks for the comments, guys. There is alot you can do with them, for sure. Just get close with whatever means you use, then final fit with the shooting board. It makes things alot of fun to. You can really sneak up on a perfect fit.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 04:55 AM

Hi Tom;

Great video, and most helpful.

The shooting board as well as paring chisels are ideal for sneaking up on perfection.

Many of my finest woodworking joints are brought close with standard tools, and then using a paring chisel fine tuned to perfection. Prior to actually using these techniques, they seemed impractical, as I figured I could get perfectly fine results without them. Than after trying them out, I saw the advantages to working this way.
A miniature version of a shooting board is very handy for use with a paring chisel

This is also true where the joint might be a mortise and tenon, on two boards meeting on a curve. In this case the entire joint will be cut with a paring chisel, with flawless results. It sounds a little difficult, but with sharp tools, it’s fairly simple.

Thanks for the post.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 05:00 AM

I remember when you posted your recently constructed shooting board a few months back. Good to see it proved useful. On my to-do list. Well done.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#13 posted 01-14-2008 05:42 AM

That’s great information, Lee, thanks! Yeah, Jeff, it’s really come in handy. Worth the 10 minutes it takes to make one.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 01-14-2008 03:52 PM

And I learn another new trick, Great video Tom.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#15 posted 01-14-2008 04:43 PM

That was super Tom…........right to the point and we’ve all got to have one of the planes you mentioned would work.

JEEEZZZ…..............we get you out of the stable and all sorts of good stuff keeps happening. Nicely done!!!!

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