Shooting Board

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Project by Glen Peterson posted 02-26-2011 11:40 PM 10201 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a shooting board for my Lie-Neilsen #9 Miter Plane. It’s about 14.5” x 9.5”. It only took a couple of hours to make including glue drying time. The base board and upper board are cherry and the stop is maple. I laminated a left over piece of MicroDot Formica onto the runway to reduce friction. I also put a piece of 220 grit self adhesive sand paper onto to stop to better hold the workpiece. It’s unfinished. Thanks go out to Alf who has a great section on shooting boards on her website, The Cornish Workshop, and to LJ Derek Cohen who has built some excellent slanted shooting boards that are shown on his site, In the Woodshop. I built this shooting board with a straight upper board and a fixed stop. I’ll eventually build another with a slanted upperboard and an adjustable stop along with accessories as Derek suggests. Five photos are certainly overkill for a simple shooting board, but I like the way it looks particularly compared to the plywood one I’d been using.

-- Glen

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#1 posted 02-27-2011 12:47 AM

looks good, i keep meaning to make one.

-- Kate,

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#2 posted 02-27-2011 02:21 AM

Okay….not even owning a plane yet….what’s a shooting board for?

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#3 posted 02-27-2011 03:16 AM

Shooting boards are used to take very fine plane shaving off the sides or ends of parts. Imagine making a picture frame with 45 deg miters at the corners. You could cut close to your cut line with a saw and then use a shooting board with a 45 deg stop to trim exactly to the cut line. Shooting boards are old time woodworking jigs and use less frequently since we have table saws and power miter saws that cut very accurately. In my case I’m making an oak cabinet with 3 drawers that I want to fit very precisely in the openings. I cut the drawer fronts to size on the table saw and then used the shooting board and shimsto take very fine shavings off of the ends of the parts at slight angles to get a perfect fit. (In my case the fit is actually far from perfect.) I realize this is more information than you probably want, but if you’re really interested check out the Cornish Workshop. The site is at She has an excellent section on shooting boards.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 02-27-2011 04:27 AM

Okay, cool. Thanks for the explanation.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#5 posted 02-27-2011 04:46 AM

Very nice glen Shooting boards allow for very fine work. But I’m disappointed when reading the title I expected a board with bullet holes in it. LOL

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#6 posted 02-27-2011 06:12 AM

Looks great Glen.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 02-27-2011 06:39 AM

nice, with a plane like that you need a good looken shootin board to go with it.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#8 posted 02-27-2011 02:01 PM

Beautiful plane!
But I love the board, you made a match that are worthy.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 03-14-2011 10:48 PM

I love the design and look, I hope you go with an attractive figured hardwood for the final.
I’m curious about the forward angle of the fence though.
I was under the impression from other designs that they are intended for the rear of the fence to inhibit chip out. Is this a design improvement?

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#10 posted 03-14-2011 10:51 PM

I posted on the wrong post…My apologies I must be delirious today. I tried deleting it but it didn’t work or there isn’t an option for to do that.
Again sorry.

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#11 posted 03-14-2011 10:54 PM

This always seemed a little luxurious to me (miter plane with hotdog & shooting board) until I used one. It was the heft, feel and sound of handplaning coupled with incredible stability. I would challenge anyone with an army of Festool and Starrett to bring a cut down as close as Glen can with this setup. It’s a realy beauty.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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