Weekend Project: Build a Shooting Board
Once you try this method of squaring the ends of a workpiece, you may think differently about power tools
When you think about speed, accuracy, and repeatability, hand tools may not come to mind. But if you put a well tuned handplane and a simple device called a shooting-board to work, that mind-set may alter forever. Together, the plane and shooting board produce dead-on accuracy for squaring, mitering at any angle, or trimming parts to exact lengths – and do those jobs quickly. The shooting board registers the stock and the plane for repeatable cuts, stroke after stroke.
This article focuses on a so-called end-grain shooting board, but the same general know-how also applies to shooting side-grain (think edge jointing).
I admit, I probably let maintenance of my tablesaw and crosscut saw slip a bit. But even when those machines are in top shape, my plane and shooting board combo easily surpasses the machines’ quality of cut and accuracy. A few quick strokes and board ends are dead square, trimmed…