Build A Shooting Board that Handles Five Jobs
Simple, versatile design excels for trimming end, edge, and face grain
Synopsis: With its long base and two-part fence, this multi-purpose shooting board can handle five different planing jobs. Like most of its kind, it’s good for trimming end grain and miters. But it also works great for shooting the edge of a board and serves as a planing stop, handling both thin and thick parts. Timothy Rousseau demonstrates how to make it, and then shows you how to use it for all of these tasks. From issue #267—Mar/Apr 2018
As an instructor at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, I have seen many different shooting boards through the years. After using them at the school, I often made versions of the best ones for my own shop. They really started to pile up, which bugged me, because I am by nature a distiller, constantly evaluating my tools, machines, jigs, and techniques to find the cleanest and simplest solutions.
The shooting board shown here retired most of the others. Made from one piece of plywood and three pieces of solid wood, it is simple but amazingly versatile, as it can be used for five different planing jobs.
Like most shooting boards, it’s good for trimming end grain and miters. But it also works great for shooting the edge of a board and serves as a planing stop, too, handling both thin and thick parts. I’ll show you how to make it, and demonstrate how I use it for all five tasks.
The base of the shooting board is made from 1⁄2-in. plywood. Beneath it is a hardwood cleat that runs the length of the base and fits your bench vise. On top is a two-part fence: A low, narrow stop is screwed into a dado and a tall, wide fence fits over the stop.
Start with the base. Cut…