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Workshop Appliances – Shooting Board

March 16, 2018

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“The shooting board of ‘chute’ board is another one of these bench top appliances that you really shouldn’t be without. When I walk into a woodshop without one I’m astonished – why on earth wouldn’t you take an hour or two at best and with a small amount of wood and off-cuts make yourself one? The woodworker who hasn’t yet made themselves an honest shooting board simply doesn’t realize the benefits and ease that comes with having this practical bench-top jig.

Shooting Board

Step 1: Dimension a piece of 3/4” MDF or high-quality plywood (Baltic Birch) to 15” x 15”; we buy sheets that measure 30“x30”.

Step 2: Dimension another piece of 1/4“ (or the same 3/4”) MDF or high-quality plywood (Baltic Birch) to 12” x 15”.

Step 3: Glue these pieces together ensuring the clean factory edge is on the ‘chuting’ side.

Step 4: Dimension two pieces of hardwood to 1“ x 1” x 12“. One piece will act as the fence for the shooting board and the other as the hook to clamp against in your vice.

Step 5: Glue the hook to the underside aligning it with the ‘non-chute’ side. This makes the understand a bench hook allowing you to saw against.

Step 6: Drive a screw on the ‘chute’ side of the fence about 1” from the top of the board. With this single screw in place, get your longest square and place it against the chute and pivot the fence until it is square. Drive another screw and you’re done.

If you’re looking for a more detailed walkthrough you can purchase a copy of:

Made By Hand: Furniture Projects From the Unplugged Woodshop

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