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Apr 13 2016

Cool Shooting Board Features and Capabilities

Published by at 3:14 pm under Jigs,Miter Work,Shooting boards,Woodworks Store

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!

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

Our shooting boards are not an afterthought, but rather a purpose built tool made from premium materials and exacting tolerances. Baltic Birch Plywood is a very stable material and seasonal movement is very minimal. In fact, based on our observations with Starrett and Mitutoyo equipment, we have observed only +/- 0.004 seasonal movement whatsoever in this material with most of it being in the Tangential plane which is the least affective of shooting board accuracy. This means Radial Movement is generally in the +/- o.002 realm, and since the material is a laminated unit, it moves very uniformly along the length of an edge.

We recommend treating precision tools with careful respect. In spite of the inherent instability of wooden materials, we accurize most of the surfaces to within 0.001 inch and allow you, the woodworker to exact final calibration of fences angles. This is a good thing and here’s why.

Wood does move and we cannot say how much or when. The world is wide and it’s climates are varied, so you can calibrate the fence daily. There is benefits to this beyond what you may think. I have had woodworkers express that a accurate shooting board is very desirable, but it is not helpful when you need an angle the board does not shoot. True! But our shooting board has your back in a couple different ways.

You may consider the old school shooting board and remember that the fence is often nailed and glued in place, sometimes set in a dado. we offer a design where the fence is not only multi angle positionable, but offers +/- 4 degrees of adjustment at each angle mounting point. This means while you may be in the realm of 45 degrees and find after measuring you actually need to shoot 43 degrees or 48 degrees accurately to compensate for any number of reasons, and with our shooting boards, you can! No fudging or bumping, you can set them directly. Additionally we offer fences purpose built for each angle the board is capable of fixturing, and an accessory fence that with the help of a clamp, can be fixtured for any angle you want. The question then becomes, what can’t you shoot? End Grain, Angles, Long Grain, Any Angle? Yes! Shoot for a smooth accurate finish wherever you want or need.

We work both sides of the fence for straightness, the chute for straightness and coplanarity and the ability to se the angle you need for your project, accurately to 0.0001, and we do that with tools that resolve that full resolution. Why? Because we want you wo have the control over the finest woodworking capability to can have.

More than the fence on a table saw or the x/y table on a mill, if done right the shooting board will bring you into the accuracy realm of a surface grinder on steel. Remember, each piece is filled with details that go together with other detailed pieces and make an ensemble called a cabinet or a table or a chair. We all love the oooh’s and ahhh’s of finely crafted work and our shooting boards put this capability in your hands.

You may consider the old school shooting board and remember that the fence is often nailed and glued in place, sometimes set in a dado. we offer a design where the fence is not only multi angle positionable, but offers +/- 4 degrees of adjustment at each mounting point. Additionally we offer fences purpose built for each angle the board is capable of fixturing, and an accessory fence that with the help of a clamp, can be fixtured for any angle you want. The question becomes, what can’t you shoot?

We also offer tall fences that allow you to shoot to the full width of a 2 inch plane iron, a planing stop that will help you face plane small and thin stock safely to the 1/8th inch range and an any angle fence that will let you shoot about any angle you want. Every part and accessory can be retrofit to every shooting board we have ever made, going back to our first model in 2008. These are the most versatile shooting boards available anywhere.

So let’s recap:
Shoot from two to eight fixturable angles. Check.
Shoot with full precision on common major woodworking angles. Check.
Shoot with off angle adjustability +/-4 degrees on each angle. Check.
Shoot any usable angle we can set between fixture points between 0 and 90 degrees with full precision. Check.
Shoot thick and thin stock. Check.
Plane small and thin stock to the 1/8 inch thick realm with safety and control. Check.
Remains accurate and durable seasonally with proper care. Check.
Replacement and upgrade parts available. Check.

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It takes a lot of tools to make a shop, but few are more important to making the accurate cuts happen for your best work than the Shooting Board. If you have any questions about them at all, we welcome them, and as always, if you are ready to invest to improve your craftsmanship, Our Web Store is ready if you would like to place an order. We are happy to custom make one just for your shop.

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