Shooting Board Basics

A shooting board lets you trim cuts to perfection, one shaving at a time.
By Paul Sellers
Pages: 66-71

From the December 2006 issue #159
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Many aids to hand-tool woodworking were actually fairly ingenious, very efficient and simple to use because they acted as positive guides to the tools. The shooting board in all its various forms is one such device.

The shooting board ensures perfect intersections between boards, whether flat boards or moulded and mitered trim. These tight joints were once a matter of course in the pre-compound-chop-saw era of woodworking.

Making a basic shooting board is a fairly simple process requiring minimal skill and time. Once you’ve made one, you will have it for a lifetime, and its accuracy is positively stunning provided you use a keenly sharpened, well-adjusted plane.

From the December 2006 issue #159
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