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Project by builtinbkyn posted 02-12-2019 05:29 PM 1035 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shooting board was in the 2017 June issue of Fine Woodworking (issue #261). I had planned on “making it some day”. Well I actually have a need for this on a current project, so I went ahead and made it yesterday.

The construction materials are 3/4” Baltic Birch and Lyptus for the fence and runway. The overall dimensions are 15”x18”. The fence and runway are finished with wax.

It took a little fiddling with the fence to get miters 90 degrees to the edge. But once set, it’s cutting clean 45 degree miters perpendicular to the long edge. The design allows for any adjustments that may be needed due to seasonal movement.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)





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#1 posted 02-12-2019 05:34 PM

Very nice. Looks like a very useful fixture.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 02-12-2019 07:34 PM

Necessity somehow speeds things up, have been thinking about this style shooting board since getting my Veritas?
Can never have too many shooting boards:) Good job! First need to make new drill press table?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-12-2019 08:28 PM

nice bill anything that makes woodworking better is worth doing.

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

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 02-12-2019 08:31 PM

Thanks Wayne and Andre. I make shop fixtures, but I need to put them to use for them to have any value :)

Andre I liked this style too. I think it may have more versatility because the plane can register against the side vs the sole.

I’m attempting, well I think I’m attempting :O, hidden mitered dovetails. I can use a shoulder plane to bevel the end of the board. I just need the correct shim to do so and it works just like using any other shooting plane. It will clean up right to the underside of the pins or dovetails.

Now I just need to cut better dovetails and I’m good to go ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#5 posted 02-12-2019 08:33 PM



nice bill anything that makes woodworking better is worth doing.

- pottz


Thanks Larry, but that probably means getting someone else to do it for me :p Ah, I’m working at it. The guys on YT make it look so easy lol

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#6 posted 02-12-2019 10:40 PM


nice bill anything that makes woodworking better is worth doing.

- pottz

Thanks Larry, but that probably means getting someone else to do it for me :p Ah, I m working at it. The guys on YT make it look so easy lol

- builtinbkyn


your way too modest bill.

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

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#7 posted 02-13-2019 02:31 AM

Really nice work. I like the hidden dovetails too.

-- AJ

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#8 posted 02-13-2019 12:14 PM

Nice, Bill. I prefer my miter jack, but I think that’s more a matter of personal taste than anything else.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 02-13-2019 03:06 PM

Very nice Bill. Looks like a handy bugger :-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#10 posted 02-13-2019 09:01 PM


Nice, Bill. I prefer my miter jack, but I think that’s more a matter of personal taste than anything else.

- Dave Polaschek


Thanks Dave. I’ll have to keep an eye out for one in yard sales and such, but I’m not lucky like that to find one and will have to make it ;)


Very nice Bill. Looks like a handy bugger :-)

- HokieKen


Thanks Kenny. Your comment “that’s way too much work for a joint that’s hidden”, got me to thinking :) I made a jig for hidden miter splines using a plunge router lol

But this shooting board will get used on this project or another. Actually I will probably use both on the console. This one to true up the miters and the other for the joinery.

I do think the hidden DTs would be the “proper” joinery to use. Hmmm? I have to check the Tage Frid joinery book to see what he would suggest ;)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#11 posted 02-13-2019 11:59 PM

Thanks Dave. I’ll have to keep an eye out for one in yard sales and such, but I’m not lucky like that to find one and will have to make it ;)

Looks like about $100 on eBay at the moment…

Edit to add: plus about $25 shipping.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 02-14-2019 12:01 AM

It’s good to know the market value for a miter jack. I’ll have to keep my eyes out this spring.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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builtinbkyn

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#13 posted 02-14-2019 12:36 AM



Thanks Dave. I’ll have to keep an eye out for one in yard sales and such, but I’m not lucky like that to find one and will have to make it ;)

Looks like about $100 on eBay at the moment…

Edit to add: plus about $25 shipping.

- Dave Polaschek


Oh Dave. I’d rather spend the 100 bucks on the threading dies and the wood to make one myself and have 25 bucks left over for lunch. Now if I were to find one in a yard sale, I’d offer them $25 for it :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#14 posted 02-14-2019 12:57 AM

I get that, Bill. I’m not retired just yet, so I have more money than time for a little while longer.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#15 posted 02-16-2019 03:41 PM

I want to do a followup for anyone that is considering making this shooting board. Squaring the fence to the runway is going to be the most difficult and frustrating part of this build. The instructions offered in the Fine Woodworking article suggest doing this on a trial and error basis by making matching miters with the shooting board and then checking them for square against the fence. That seemed to be an effort in futility. It’s very easy to overcompensate and then have to reposition the fence over and over again. So I did the following and it simplified the matter in one try.

First I loosened the fence and placed the off cut of my ramp in the mitered groove between the ramp and the bed. This gave me a flat, perpendicular surface to place my square against.

I also checked it against a piece of the ramp that was cut off the end to make it shorter, which you may or may not have depending on the length of stock you initially use for this. I made mine longer than needed for the bed.

Then I checked for square against the most important component – the sole of my plane.

And then I finally made a test by darkening the end of the board to be mitered with a pencil to be sure I was cutting the end fully with the plane.

And then to check the results I place the square against the edge that was against the fence to be sure the miter was square to the reference edge.

If you look at the build instructions, the author uses a plastic triangle placed against the ramp and the fence. This is ok to get you in the ballpark, but it’s not good enough for accuracy. Also the back and forth testing/adjusting is too hit and miss. Other than that, the build is nice because if there are any adjustments necessary after the fact, nothing is glued so you can remove/redo/replace components if you find things aren’t working. I found I needed to remove the fence and square up the bottom to the reference side as I didn’t do a good job of it the first time.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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