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Jul 29 2016

The Woodworking Accuracy Solution

We’ve received some email from a few woodworkers and makers lately who wanted more woodworking accuracy, but they were not sure they could get to the accuracy they hoped for without CNC. Interestingly enough, most woodworking CNC setups will not work to 0.001 tolerances and handplanes with our shooting boards will do exactly that and do it day in and day out. They didn’t know, but now they do! It doesn’t cost anywhere near what CNC does. If you need precision and accuracy, Our Shooting Boards can help you achieve that with repeatability, all four seasons of the year.

When we think of a shooting board, we may think of a few scraps nailed together. We think of how wood moves and that the board will only be accurate for a little while. We think of it as a short time tool which helps us make our project.

Standard Shooter
Standard Shooter.

There is a better way to think of shooting boards. We’d like you to think of them as robust tools, built to last for years! That’s the way we make them. As a heirloom tool which is versatile and built to last. We build them to 0.001 tolerances to help you work to the level of control your layout and checking tools can provide you.

Wide Board Shooter
Wide Board Shooter.

We offer Shooting Boards that are robust and accurate tools They can be configured for most usable angles in woodworking and making, adjustable to compensate for any seasonal movement, as accurate as you need up to 0.001 inch, and flexible for most any project you can imagine. Fortunately birch is very stable and Baltic birch plywood improves upon that inherent stability. Our tests over the last eight years have shown movement to be no more than =/- 0.003 inch and it moves very consistently so as to not interrupt accuracies.

Long Grain Shooter
Long Grain Shooter.

The base platform is 14-3/4 inches wide and comes in three lengths: 14-3/4 inches for our Standard Shooter size, 22-1/8th inches for our Wide Board Shooter size, and 29-1/2 inches for our Long Grain Shooter size, giving you options for the size of your projects or work, while maintaining all the accuracy you need. We also offer all our models with Enclosed Chutes. We offer them with fence mounting points from two on up to eight different fixturable angles. Do you need to shoot angles for a 12 sided object? We can help!

Chute Adapters
Chute Adapters.

The length of these shooting boards is the length of the chute, and all of these boards can be configured to run with out a chute adapter added for an enclosed chute, or open for use with any plane. Chute Adapters Available here, scroll down, are available for the Lie-Nielsen LN-51 and Veritas Shooting Board Planes, Lie- Nielsen LN9, The Veritas Miter Plane, The Veritas LA Jack, LA Smoother, and Any 62 LA Jack style planes. We also offer one for the Veritas Shooting Sander. Running one of these planes in the enclosed chute will add more control over the shooting process, because the Chute adapter takes over controlling the path of the plane’s travel for you.

Can you run planes without the Chute Adapters? Yes! There are circumstances where you may even wish to. The Chute Adapters are easy to remove and replace as well as calibrate. Removed you can use most any plane from Blocks to Jointers, Metal or wood as long as the sole and sides are smooth and square to each other.

Stylized DoubleHigh Fence.
Stylized Double High Fence.

Our fence mounting system comes with a lot of user friendly versatility and ease of use. First, the Standard Fence and Double High Fence is made to be flipped over so you can use it to shoot two angles with precision. We make fences that shoot 90 and 45 degrees standard, and ones that shoot every angle the board will shoot. They come in two different heights to accomodate most stock thicknesses. Another plus with our fence system is inherent in the adjustability. You can calibrate it daily for perfection of the shooting angle, you can always enjoy 0.001 accuracy, even allowing the angle setting to be set to sub minute accuracy.

Any Angle Fence
Any Angle Fence.

For those who need to shoot where standard or commonly used angles are just not enough, we also offer an Any Angle Fence that allows you the ability to fixture the fence with a clamp as accurately as you can set it. 0.001 accuracy is capable anywhere you set it. This means that you can shoot with repeatable accuracy on about any usable angle you like between 0-90 degrees.

Shooting Board Planing Stop
Shooting Board Planing Stop.

There’s more. Do you ever need to thickness short or thin stock and not want to risk your fingers on power tools, or your plane irons hitting metal? We offer a Planing Stop accessory for our shooting boards that will mount in place of the fence that easily allows you to thickness your work to 1/4 inch, and if you place a piece of 1/8th MDF hardboard on our shooting board platform, you can thickness to about 1/8th inch. How’s that for producing thin stock by hand?

MFT/3 Cleat
MFT/3 Upgrade Cleat.

If you are a Festool owner/user and happen to have the MFT/3, we offer an upgrade MFT/3 Cleat that fits the table better in case you want to use the MFT/3 and your shooting board together.

So whatever it is; long or short, thick or thin, wide or skinny, our shooting boards are designed to help you get control over all the woodworking parameters with precision. They are the most versatile and accurate shooting boards offered, and are go to tools in woodworking shops all over the world, Why not make it a go to tool in yours?

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May 13 2016

Save Time Sharpening With A Strop

The Old School of thought is to use your tools until way past dull when they start damaging the work, then break down and haul out your sharpening gear for a long messy sharpening session.

Now I know we all love the old school tools and ways of building things, but lock up your brakes here, stop the insanity.

What insanity? If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. In this case it’s a long dirty sharpening session. Are you ready to rethink this process? Good!

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Apr 28 2016

Tightening Up Your Craftsmanship

Craftsmanship in a word is just a word. We envision the ensemble of things we understand it to mean when we hear it, or think of it. We know what it is when we see it, on it’s face, we recognize it, but it is more than just a few simple words.

Busting a 2×4 in half with a sledge hammer is not an example of craftsmanship, it is however an example of demolition. The important thing to understand, while many people are capable of performing demolition, far fewer are capable of performing craftsmanship, even though they have the ability to recognize it, or even purchase such things for themselves.

But we all have the capacity to learn and do if we apply ourselves.

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Apr 13 2016

Cool Shooting Board Features and Capabilities

A Shooting Board is commonly known as a fixture that holds a board at a specific angle, such as 45 or 90 degrees, and allows most commonly the end grain to be cut accurately, but this is not the limit of what a shooting board and it’s potential capables are. Let me share with you what our shooting boards do differently, and better!

Setting Angles.jpg
Pick angles as fine as you’ll want to, and set the fence. Simple and accurate as that.

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Jan 24 2016

Tour a Steam Powered Sawmill

Published by under Documentary,Woodworks Library

The Phillips Brothers Mill has been a sawmill in operation since 1897 in and around Oak Run California. Oak Run is located approximately 25 miles east of Redding California. The Mill started as water powered, and was moved around to a couple different locations during the early part of the 20th Century, and has been powered by a Steam Boiler at the same location since 1933. Today, it is the last fully steam powered mill in America, and still owned by the Phillips Brothers family. Today it is part of a Phillips Family Trust and resides on a forest preserve of 920 acres which is meant as a sustainable forest for use by the mill. In 2002, the mill was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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Dec 16 2015

Our Shooting Boards Make A Difference

When it comes to shooting boards, Traditional designs come with limitations that have to be accepted. The downside to this is that these limitations become part of the mental lexicon that woodworkers carry in their mind when they consider the capabilities of the shooting board. I’d like to take a moment or two and address how our shooting boards help overcome many of these limitations.

A Versatile Shooting Board

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Dec 01 2015

Shooting Boards for the Veritas Miter Plane

Yep, We’ve got them!

Veritas – Lee Valley released their new Veritas™ Miter Plane earlier this year. Think of it as like the LN-9 Iron Miter, a low angle block plane with a 2 inch wide iron, Veritas styling and improved ergonomics. It is ambidextrous and cuts great from either the left or right hand. It even comes with a great ergonomic handle which improves controllability and helps it feel great to use in the hand. Another big plus is that the blades for this plane are available in both 01- and PM-V11 steels. I prefer either of theses steels to A2 because they sharpen to a sharper level, and PM-V11 has incredible durability and edge retention which is critical for planing end grain. We opt for the PM-V11 when we can.

The Veritas™ Miter Plane
Photo Courtesy of Lee Valley Tools.

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Nov 09 2015

Thank You Veterans!

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Veterans Day is this week and I wanted to take a moment and thank my fellow Veterans for their service! This service is a generational legacy, and a bond we all share, whether we did it or are still doing it. Standing up for our country is beyond the job. It is knowing you will answer any call, any time, any place, anywhere.

It was an honor to have served with those I served with, and an honor to recognize all who serve and served. Thank you for the legacy of honorable service and sacrifices each of you have made and continue to make for our country’s freedom and liberty!

In good times and the bad, your service matters!

We try to keep the word out that every day is Veteran’s Day at Evenfall Studios. We offer 10% off to Veterans for all our craftsman Made Tools, no limits, 24/7/365. A gift from our family to you.

All you need to do is Shop our Online Store and pick out the tools you’d like custom made for you. Contact Us, Tell us about your U.S. Military Service, and tell us which tools you are interested in and we will get a PayPal invoice to you for your approval. Simple as that. No forms to fill out, or hoops to jump other than letting us know, and we’ll take it from there.

Thanks for visiting Evenfall Studios!

© Copyright 2015 by Rob Hanson for All Rights Reserved.

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Oct 28 2015

Maintenance Sharpening is Faster Sharpening.

Published by under Sharpening

Sharpening. To many, it’s do or dread and do anyway. Listen, it doesn’t have to be the chore that it can be, you just have to change the approach. We did and we offer the tools we developed to help make it easier for everyone.

Many of us have used the approach of working a tool until it is good and dull. The reason why is that it can be a lot of work to sharpen, so we hold out till we have to. There are two downsides to this. It is a lot of work to resharpen once you let tools get this dull, you sometimes have to rebuild the edges over again, and the other is that the indicators that we are this dull are that the tool is pushing hard, doing a poor job, or even starting to damage our work.

Why do we wait so long to sharpen?

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Oct 21 2015

Shooting Boards are More Versatile than you Remember

Published by under Shooting boards,Woodworks Store

Once upon a time Shooting Boards in woodworking were made for use at 90 degrees, and others for 45 degrees, and a few could do both. It was hard to keep them accurate and sometimes they took up a lot of space.

Then, Shooting Boards Evolved.

For seven years now, we have been offering our shooting boards to woodworkers worldwide.

We love precision. We care about Craftsmanship. From the work of our hands, we wanted more. From day one we have offered shooting boards made from Baltic Birch, the most stable wood available for woodworking. We still do. We feel they are the most accurate shooting boards available, capable of accuracy of up to 0.001 inch.

Over the years, all our shooting boards as well as the other tools we offer have been purpose made. Thousands of hours making meticulously and purposefully in a one man shop. After processing tons of personally selected Baltic Birch Plywood into thousands of tools and parts, we still offer our original shooting board, the “Deluxe Shooter” made to the same specifications we started out with. It has been joined by many other shooting boards that share it’s basic design, and offer woodworkers all the same accuracy and flexibility possible.

Our Original Shooting Board, the one that launched it all: The Deluxe Shooter.

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