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My First Shooting Board

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Blog entry by sansoo22 posted 12-01-2019 02:22 AM 657 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally decided I wanted a nice shooting board. This isn’t technically my first but its the first one I’ve built that actually had more thought put into it than glue some plywood together and make sure it’s all square. I wanted something that would last me for quite some time hopefully. I also wanted a shooting board that could do both 90 and 45 deg work.

I watched both Bob Cosman and Paul Sellers YouTube videos on their designs. I really liked Paul’s design but as a new woodworker decided that is a bit above my skill level at the moment. Instead I came up with my own simple design. I made quite a few mistakes along the way. The ugliest of them being a botched recess for a t-nut that holds the 45 deg fence down. I recently moved shops and didn’t have time to sort threw bits I knew I should have tossed. And you guessed it I grabbed the wrong 5/8 forstner on the first go and it jumped on me.

On to the technical details. The board base is made of 3/4 birch plywood with 1/2 birch plywood laminated on top. The toe and both fences were milled from a 2×2 chunk of hard maple I picked up from the local Wood Craft. This is my first foray into hard maple. I’ve worked with Home Depot grade maple but this was a whole different ball game. I don’t have a big cabinet saw and i was afraid my DeWalt contractor saw wouldn’t be up to task. To my surprise it did just fine with a fresh Freud blade in it. I got a little burning in the milling process but whatever I have plenty of planes to take care of that problem.

And finally to the board! Here is the basic shooting board with the 90 deg fence. The lower t-nut is the one I borked the hole on.

Here it is with the 45 deg fence attached. Underneath each of the thumb screws is a steel sleeve glued and pressed into the fence to keep the hole from boring out over time. At least that’s the plan…time will tell.

Here is just a shot showing how square it is. When you are new to this craft achieving dead square is still not a given.

Finally a couple poplar scraps I tested the miter capabilities of my shooting board on. I’m quite pleased with the results.

This was one of those projects where I attempted to do something simple and just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong. A project I planed a couple hours for took twice as long. I stuck with it and I must say it was worth it. Everything I’ve trimmed on this board has come out accurate.



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#1 posted 12-01-2019 05:00 AM

ya know i read all about shooting boards and thought i need one,so i made one,waste of time.i got a guillotine for making perfect miters,but im not a hand tool junkie.so what ever works for ya.guillotines are what picture framers use for perfect miters.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 12-01-2019 03:40 PM

I’m still considering getting something like a Lion No 4 style miter trimmer. I just don’t have a spot for one in the new shop yet and the shooting board can easily be hung on the wall. I also figured you can’t have a cabinet full of planes, around 40 and counting, and not have a nice shooting board.

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#3 posted 12-01-2019 04:25 PM

ha ha yeah planes just seem to be addicting,their are guys here that have hundreds of em,i just have a few of the basics.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 12-02-2019 12:05 AM



ha ha yeah planes just seem to be addicting,their are guys here that have hundreds of em,i just have a few of the basics.

- pottz

I’d say a half dozen or so of mine are waiting to be cleaned and tuned or completely restored. I keep the ones I like the best and sell the others. I do have a complete set of bench planes from 2 thru 8 with duplicates of the ones I use the most. I tried my best not to go overboard with the collection but gave up some time last year and just cleared more space for them. Having duplicates saves time tho right…one gets dull just pick up a different one…or at least that’s what i tell myself

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#5 posted 12-02-2019 12:30 AM


ha ha yeah planes just seem to be addicting,their are guys here that have hundreds of em,i just have a few of the basics.

- pottz

I d say a half dozen or so of mine are waiting to be cleaned and tuned or completely restored. I keep the ones I like the best and sell the others. I do have a complete set of bench planes from 2 thru 8 with duplicates of the ones I use the most. I tried my best not to go overboard with the collection but gave up some time last year and just cleared more space for them. Having duplicates saves time tho right…one gets dull just pick up a different one…or at least that s what i tell myself

- sansoo22

hey thats fine we all need some kind of addiction,better than cocaine and cheaper-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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