New shooting board and donkey's ear

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Project by Burbs posted 10-15-2016 04:47 AM 7319 views 27 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real shooting board. I had a haphazard one before made from some old plywood scraps that I just clamped to my bench. It was not real square and was kind of a pain to set up. I wanted something dead square that I could plop down and use quick. I’ve also been playing around making some boxes with miters and splines and wanted to be able to fine tune those miters so they are dead on so thought I would make a donkey’s ear jig for the board as well.

Both the shooting board and donkey’s ear attachment are made from 3/4” mdf (because its flat and cheap) and edges trimmed in oak. The tightening knob is scrap from the walnut and cherry folding wine stand I made awhile back.

So anyway, this combo works great and I’ll hopefully have some finished boxes to add soon. Oh and I really want a low angle jack plane now. Thanks for checking it out.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#1 posted 10-15-2016 05:38 AM

That’s a great looking jig. I like the idea of your knob. Me being me, I’d have only thought of a wing nut. I’m going to save this for later. Thanks.

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#2 posted 10-15-2016 12:46 PM

This is what I need to make and for the same reason … cleaning up wooden box corners. This will be a late fall project for me.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#3 posted 10-15-2016 01:21 PM

Well done a super accessory to have for well-tuned joinery.


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#4 posted 10-15-2016 01:36 PM

Nice! I just began researching to make a shooting board, Ill have to save this one.

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#5 posted 10-15-2016 01:42 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#6 posted 10-15-2016 03:05 PM

Nice! I just began researching to make a shooting board, Ill have to save this one.

- Jeff2016

I have the general plan and dimensions roughed up in sketchup, msg me if you are interested.

-- ---The day I learn nothing of value will be the day I'm laid to rest--- Burbs

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#7 posted 10-16-2016 12:44 PM

Wow, very nice Burbs, but I think you can do better. Send me that one and I’ll dispose of it for you while you make another, okay?
Seriously, looks great!

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

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#8 posted 02-01-2019 11:38 PM

I love your design for the donkey ear do you have plans available for it?


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