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Project by jbmaine posted 04-19-2022 08:55 PM 1025 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, Over the last few months I have been rediscovering the pleasure and satisfaction of working with hand tools. I don’t think I’ll ever give up power tools, but as a retired tool and die maker, I’ve always felt good creating something by hand. I also try to use my machinist tools when ever possible, mostly because I’m just a nut for accuracy. ( can’t help it, just the way I was trained). Some time ago I picked up a Veritas low angle jack plane, and these shooting boards are built for that.
The base of both of these is a piece of laminated mdf. I think they started out as part of a computer table, all I know is they were slippery, flat, the right size, and free. the rest is baltic birch ply, and maple blocks. On the shooting board for 90 degrees I used a fixed maple block for registration and a moveable block to tweak in for a perfect 90 degrees. The fixed block has a couple of 10-32 screws for fine adj. of the moveable block. I also use this shooting board for bevels( and here I am cheating). I am using my sine plate and gage blocks to hit exact 45 degree bevels. The second shooting board is for miters and is adj. for around 20 -50 degrees. It is designed for shooting both ends.It has a fixed block in the center to reference against and( I’m cheating again) my sine bar ( I made it 40 years ago) and gage blocks to set the angles I need. Please note: I am left handed and made the shooting boards for that. In both cases the boards are mounted to my assembly table. The smaller piece of bb ply on the left has the edge beveled at around 7 degrees to help contain the plane. Here are some pics.

Thanks for looking- Jim





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#1 posted 04-19-2022 11:08 PM

Wow, very nice stuff indeed! Congrats, thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 04-19-2022 11:16 PM

Thanks for sharing, and a wonderful shooting board.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#3 posted 04-20-2022 01:09 AM

Very nice work on that

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#4 posted 04-20-2022 03:18 AM

Interesting jig… Love what others might label ”over engineering”.

This gizmo,

got me “curiouser”...

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

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#5 posted 04-20-2022 11:29 AM

Really nice bit of engineering here. Well done.

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

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#6 posted 04-20-2022 12:27 PM

Very nice JB!! I have been pondering a shooting board design for the last year or so and whether or not to make the fence adjustable has been a sticking point for me. Sine Bar, duh! Adjustable fence it is :-) And that’s the first Sine-Plate-Donkey’s-Ear I’ve seen too. Excellent work man :-)))


....

This gizmo, got me “curiouser”...

- LittleBlackDuck

Google “Sine Plate” or “Sine Bar” (two incarnations of the same idea) and you’ll find that for which you seek ;-p

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#7 posted 04-20-2022 03:01 PM

This is all kinds of over engineered and I love it!

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#8 posted 04-20-2022 03:16 PM



Very nice JB!! I have been pondering a shooting board design for the last year or so and whether or not to make the fence adjustable has been a sticking point for me. Sine Bar, duh! Adjustable fence it is :-) And that s the first Sine-Plate-Donkey s-Ear I ve seen too. Excellent work man :-)))

....

This gizmo, got me “curiouser”...

- LittleBlackDuck

Google “Sine Plate” or “Sine Bar” (two incarnations of the same idea) and you ll find that for which you seek ;-p

- HokieKen


Thanks Hokie... looks like my hate of reading struck again… missed the fine print… I appologise to all.

After Googling, they’re more expensive than my Fe$tool$... I’m no longer “curiouser”!

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

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#9 posted 04-20-2022 08:19 PM

Thanks everyone, After 40+ years in the metal working trades I had accumulated a lot of tools. It is nice to use some of them again, especially for woodworking jigs.I think I like making jigs as much as regular projects.- Jim

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#10 posted 04-20-2022 08:33 PM

Very nice Jim, I am glad you added that you are a southpaw because it was the first thing I noticed. Why you ask? Because when I made my Paul Sellers shooting board I was so cought up in accuracy that I inadvertently made a lefty too. Problem is I am a righty so back to the drawing board it was.

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#11 posted 04-20-2022 11:44 PM

Good looking setup. You can’t go wrong with these. Enjoy your projects without earplugs!

-- AJ

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#12 posted 04-21-2022 01:53 AM

Wonderful, educational writeup and a great bunch of photos.

-- Yolanda Gee

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#13 posted 04-21-2022 04:17 PM

Beautiful. Worthy of a Veritas Left-handed Shooting Plane.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#14 posted 04-21-2022 11:40 PM

Nice design,I rigged one up but it isn’t pretty. It got the job done but probably time I build one like yours God knows I could use it.

-- John in Florida

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