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Shooting Board

The first couple of projects that I made for the Hand Tool School are used in most projects. One of these is a shooting board. Not satisfied with the flat board, mine has an incline and works well. There is just one thing about my shooting board. Most of you know Shannon Rogers is left handed, I’m very definately right handed. Look at the picture – it’s a left handed shooting board! When I was gluing up the board I obviously followed Shannon’s directions to a fault. I’ve worked with this board for a few years with no problems until now….


20130420-183337.jpg My christmas gift is a Veritas shooting plane, very exciting. It’s something I have put off buying for seveal years because they are expensive, but I’m now a proud owner. Even better it is right handed! Now you can see the problem, right handed plane – left handed shooting board. Two more blogs coming up…Veritas Shooting Plane and Building a new Shooting board.

Feel free to laugh, I’ve been chuckling about it all week!

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  1. Stephen
    January 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm

    I’m a lefty and did the same thing. I followed Paul Sellers instructions to a T, not even giving a thought to the fact that I’m left handed. I gave it a go but ended up giving it away and built a left handed version, now I’m happy.
    Hope you enjoy that shooting plane, they look well thought out and well made. I can’t afford to buy one but I have an old banger Stanley no.5 I’m going to tap in a handle on the right side like the old Record Technical series planes had and see if that makes shooting more comfortable.

    • January 16, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      That’s funny, glad I’m not the only one. I used a number five for a long time and it worked fine.Thanks for commenting.

  2. paul6000000
    January 16, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    Your linked page says it’s available left-handed. They’re pretty good about returns/exchanges.

    • paul6000000
      January 16, 2016 at 11:05 pm

      Oh Jeez. I was too tired to read the text properly but not too tired to comment.

  3. January 16, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    You’re right they have great customer service. I’d rather have the right handed though, just never crossed my mind when I purchased. thanks for commenting.

  4. January 20, 2016 at 7:52 am

    Nice story. But I would build a new shooting board rather returning the plane and exchanging it.
    Curious to see how the new one will come out

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