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Shooting Boards from Evenfall Woodworks


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Fig. 1:  Illustrations of Different Shooting Boards

One of the most common tools in the arsenal of pretty much every hand tool shop is a shooting board, a couple examples of which you can see illustrated in Fig. 1 that are based on illustrations from one of Charle's Hayward's writings, "The Complete Book of Woodwork".

I don't know how many of these I've cobbled together over the years. Usually from scrap, and often - because I'm usually more worried about the project than how I put together the shooting board - thrown away not long after because I don't take the time to make it properly.

Essentially, a shooting board (or 'chute' board in some lands) in its simplest form a simple fence that allows one to plane an edge or end on on a piece of wood to a known angle, commonly 45 or 90 degrees.  It provides a shelf to place the wood on to raise it so the blade of the plane used is fully exposed to the wood (if it isn't a rabbet plane, the blade doesn't go all the way to the edge of the plane).

 The plane used can be a specially made "miter plane", made just for the purpose - one such as Lie Nielsen's iron miter plane, but usually it is just a standard bench plane whose sole has checked to be perpendicular to its side. 



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Fig. 2.  The Evenfall Woodworks Shooting Board


Rob Hanson (no relation) has come up with an interesting product - one he's been selling through his blog page at the Evenfall Woodworks web site.  You can see his version of a shooting board in Fig. 2 at work with a low angle bench plane.

If you look closely, you'll notice a series of holes in the body of his shooting board.  This is what makes Rob's product devilishly clever - its fully adjustable to different angles.

 I'm impressed.  It's bloody ingenius.





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Fig. 3:  Adjusting the fence to the different stock angles

 Besides the standard perpendicular setup, Rob's shooting board can be reconfigured to 15, 22-1/2, 30, 45, and 60 degree settings.  Accuracy is assured if you incorporate the use of a pair of cheap plastic drafting triangles, available in any good office supply store for just a few dollars.  You can see how it's done in Figure 3.

It's a good idea to have the triangles around anyway to check angles - being an architect, I've been using a set in my shop for many years and find them invaluable.  

The shooting boards are constructed from quality baltic birch plywood to reduce movement.  The design includes a groove to collect the dust so it doesn't interfere with the plane.  T-nuts are epoxied into the board at the appropriate locations and the fence is held in place with a knurled brass nut.  I'll let Rob's own page on the shooting board go over the details further:

I've seen shooting boards sell for $95 that were only capable of doing perpendicular miters.  Rob is sellng these shooting boards for $120 (if you order before May 31, he'll give you an introductory price of $90) which is a real value considering the time and materials that go into each shooting board. 


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Figure 4.  Cian Perez caught this shot of A Ron Brese plane being used on one of Rob's shooting boards at a recent galoot event.





I picked up one of these shooting boards, and I agree with your review 100%


Way to go Rob.




I also got one of Rob's  shooting boards and I love it. He does great work.


Looks like Chris Schwarz from Woodworking Magazine is giving Rob's shooting boards a thumbs up!  Congratulations, Rob!




I am going to have to acquire one of these so I can learn what they are about.Personally I am not into woodworking in that manner.I have built many items from wood but I never used planes to that degree.I find this very interesting and worth looking into farther.thehandtoolco[dot]com