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Project by Ryan Nicholson posted 01-27-2022 08:33 PM 1100 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All,
I decided to update my shooting board as I was getting poor miter results from my old ramped shooting board.

I started the new board by cutting 3/4” Baltic birch plywood into the required dimensions for the design. I then laminated 1/4” red oak veneer on the faces and bottoms of the components and then ran them through my jointer and planer to make sure every thing was square and true. I then laminated 1/8” red oak on the ends.

I made the 90 degree miter wedge out of 1 1/2” red oak and that is attached to the middle of the board with 1/4-20 brass inserts and bolts at 45 degrees. I made adjustable faces for the wedge which are also attached with 1/4-20 brass inserts and bolts which move in a slot.

I routed a groove on the far end for a 90 degree stop block so I could shoot 90 degree cross grain and long grain.

I also routed 2 Micro Jig dovetail grooves parallel to the shooting edge.

I made a press board out of 3/16” stock and slotted with 1/4-20 brass inserts and bolts it so I can adjust it to keep my plane tight to the cutting edge.

To use this board for mitering, you set up the wedge so its 45 degrees to the edge with a square and then the piece being mitered on the left in the top view picture is planed normally until it’s a perfect 45 degree miter. the piece on the right in the top view picture is set against the wedge and then a stop block with a 45 degree miter is clamped with a Micro jig clamp to the back of the piece to hold it tight to the wedge and also prevent blow out.

This method allows me to use my Veritas shooting plane on both pieces being mitered which normally you couldn’t do because it’s a right hand plane and you cant turn it around to miter the piece on the right.

I didn’t make a donkey ear for this board yet, but plan on doing so.

As you can see in the pics, it works great! Nice tight miters! I’m so glad I did this project!





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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 01-27-2022 10:57 PM

Nicely thought out jig (and dovetail trenched tabletop) RN... love the setup.

Never again will I accept canning from members for my Fe$tool fetish… those Veritas shooting planes cost more than my house, car and retirement fund bundled, here in Australia… have had my eye on one for years, but my penchant on electrified tools (“umbilicalled” or “snipped”) have negated it’s justification (and hand tools in general).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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AJ1104

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#2 posted 01-28-2022 01:32 AM

Really nice job on this shooting board jig. Very square deal. Great job!

-- AJ

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Ocelot

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#3 posted 01-28-2022 02:05 AM

LBD. I don’t know why you would say that plane is pricey. By the pound, it’s only 1.4 times as expensive as king crab at my local grocers, and you eat that up and throw the shells away, while you get to keep the plane.

Nice shooting board, by the way. I really need to make one!

Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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Ryan Nicholson

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#4 posted 01-28-2022 02:11 AM

Thanks LBD.
Yep, the plane is pricey, but it is pure joy to use. Slices through end grain like a hot knife through butter. Well worth the price if you ever get over your German tool fetish and get into hand tools.


Nicely thought out jig (and dovetail trenched tabletop) RN... love the setup.

Never again will I accept canning from members for my Fe$tool fetish… those Veritas shooting planes cost more than my house, car and retirement fund bundled, here in Australia… have had my eye on one for years, but my penchant on electrified tools (“umbilicalled” or “snipped”) have negated it s justification (and hand tools in general).

- LittleBlackDuck


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Ryan Nicholson

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#5 posted 01-28-2022 02:12 AM

Thanks AJ!


Really nice job on this shooting board jig. Very square deal. Great job!

- AJ1104


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Ryan Nicholson

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#6 posted 01-28-2022 02:12 AM

Thank you, Paul!


LBD. I don t know why you would say that plane is pricey. By the pound, it s only 1.4 times as expensive as king crab at my local grocers, and you eat that up and throw the shells away, while you get to keep the plane.

Nice shooting board, by the way. I really need to make one!

Paul

- Ocelot


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swirt

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#7 posted 01-29-2022 03:52 PM

Nicely done. Looks like a very handy shooting board.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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Ryan Nicholson

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#8 posted 01-29-2022 05:31 PM

Thank you, Swirt.


Nicely done. Looks like a very handy shooting board.

- swirt


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