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NEW Shooting Board

As I mentioned previously the complexities of Left Handed vs Right Handed Shooting boards has forced me to build a new board. After considering the design for a few days I’ve decided to revert back to a flat board. The inclined board I have will continue to work well, however there are a couple of reasons for an inclined board, the first is to wear the plane blade over its entire width and decrease the initial force required for the cut by presenting a smaller portion of the blade. The Veritas plane blade is angled, unlike the Stanley I was using, so as long as I am willing to put up with wear in one area of the blade I don’t need the incline.

img_1833Experience with the prior shooting board helped me understand that a guide to maintain the plane’s distance from the item being planed would be helpful.The Veritas plane seems to be even more reliant on this since it has only one handle in the rear and limited places to grip the plane in the front.With those considerations I did something unusual; I purchased the Veritas Shooting board track. I had an old gift card and Lee Valley had free shipping. Although it seems a little pricey I’m very pleased. The instructions were clear the track well made and the adjustments simple.

Scrounging pieces of 3/4″ and 1/2″ a couple of pieces of hardwood and some screws, I had a shooting board in an hour. With the temperature in the garage at 27 degrees and a frozen glue bottle I screwed everything in place. The low friction tape works great and the plane glides effortlessly and precisely along the track. After some use I’ll give an opinion on the plane. Seems like I made a good decision…




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  1. January 21, 2016 at 3:39 am

    I have that LV shooting board track too. I use the Lie Nielsen 51 shooting plane in it. It works pretty darn good. The only hiccup I have with it is the low friction tape doesn’t hold up and last for me.

    • January 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      I’ll have to keep an eye on the tape. Thanks for the heads up.

  2. January 21, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Very nice. I’m currently using a LN low-angle jack with the hotdog attachment. The hotdog is very close to the blade. It helps keeping everything straight, but this would be much better!

    • January 21, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      I haven’t seen the LN with the hotdog in person. Looks like it would work well

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