Oct 22 2017

How to Select a Single Chute Shooting Board

Published by at 2:23 pm under Hand Tools,Jigs,Shooting boards,Woodworks Store

Selecting a shooting board is about being familiar with the kind of woodworking you do right now, and having a sense of the kind of work that you are hoping to be able to do in the future. This is a long term tool that will help you make many projects over the years. When buying a shooting board it’s always good to keep what you currently do as well as what you aspire to in mind.

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That said, understanding the features in our Single Chute shooting board lineup can help you make sense of your aspirations when it comes to selecting a shooting board for your shop and the work you hope to be able to accomplish with it. We have taken the shooting board from it’s former position as a commonly shop made appliance, to a highly accurate, calibratable and extremely versatile tool of both precision and longevity. Because of this, it’s worth our time to rethink what we understand about shooting boards.

For the most part, there is a rhyme and reason to the naming of our shooting boards. Hopefully this’ll help you flesh things out a little better in your mind.

The way that we name our shooting boards is based on the capabilities of the model. You can think of it as splitting a shooting board into two halves. This is easy when you consider that a shooting board is both a fixture and a jig. The part that holds the workpiece is the fixture, and the part that allows the hand plane to slide and make the cuts is the jig portion. For the most part, the name of our shooting boards will first describe the fixture and then the jig half of the tool.

The names of our shooting boards start out with Our Single Chute Style Shooting Boards, featuring the fixture side. The name of our board models specifies how many angles the shooting board can fixture.

We start out the lineup with the Basic Shooter. It is our minimalist shooting board with the two most commonly used angles. 90, and 45 degrees. All our shooting boards offer these two basic angles.

From there, we build on the basic and add more angles! More versatility, creativity!

The Basic Plus Shooter model adds the 22.5° angle to the previous two angles, for a total of three fence position angles.

The Multi Shooter is next, it adds the 15° and 30° angles, for a total of five fence position angles.

The Deluxe Shooter is our original shooting board. It has all the aforementioned angles plus the 60° angle, for a total of six fence position angles.

The Ultra Shooter adds the 75° angle to the aforementioned angles, for a total of seven fence position angles.

The Ultra Plus Shooter adds the 67.5° angle to the after mentioned angles, for a total of eight fence position angles.

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Standard Sized Shooting Boards.

Our Standard size shooting board series contains the six models listed above, with 2 to 8 fence position capabilities: Basic through Ultra Plus. The Wide Board, and Combi Shooter series offer fence position capabilities; Basic through Multi. The Long Grain Shooter series offers only one fence position, 90 degrees, but also comes with an Accessory Caul, which will allow clamp style fixturing of any arbitrary angle desired.

Second and still on the Fixture half of the shooting board, our boards are divided up into series based on fixturing length capability. Our standard sized shooting boards (above) are our square shaped shooting boards, but we do not name them as “standard” in their titles. Overall, the dimensions of these shooting boards are 14-3/4 inches square. These shooting boards allow for truing wood to the 11-1/2 inch range.

If you would like to have a look at our Standard Size Shooting Board Models, please follow this link.

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Wide Board Sized Shooting Boards.

Next comes the Wide Board Shooter series, these shooting boards are rectangular, and measure 22-1/8 x 14-3/4. they allow for truing to the 18 inch range. The wide Board Shooter Models are available in the Basic, Basic Plus and Multi Model configurations.

If you would like to have a look at our Wide Board size shooting board models, please follow this link.

Our largest models are our Long Grain and Combi Shooter series. These shooting boards are also rectangular and measure 29-1/2 x 14-3/4 inches. This series is notable for its ability to work as a long edge jointer, with its 90° fence it stops rectangular work very well for shooting edge grain as well as very wide endgrain. It also comes with a fixturing Caul, which allows you to fixture odd or non square shaped work at the straight edges fixtured along the edge of the Chute.

This jointing capacity and capability is not to be under estimated. In many cases it’s difficult to balance a large jointer plane on smaller and thinner stock. In instrument making, damage to the wood fibers from mechanical jointing could inhibit would ability to vibrate properly and transmit sound. It can ruin most wood parts to send short or thin stock through a powered jointer, to say nothing of the risk of injury. Our Long Grain and Combi shooting boards allow for working these short and thin pieces much safer, and with an added degree of precision.

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Long Grain Sized Shooting Boards.

If you would like to have a look at our Long Grain sized shooting board models, please follow this link.

The difference in the Combi Shooter series is that you are basically adding a Wide Board Shooter to the same Long Grain Shooter shooting board. In essence two shooting board models in one, with the same angular fence setting capabilities as the Wide Board Shooter. This particular shooting board is very handy, when your shop is space limited, when you are working with large sized veneers, Lutherie, (wooden musical instrument making) and when you need a a lot of high accuracy capacity and capability from one tool.

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Combi Style Shooting Boards.

If you would like to have a look at our Combi Shooter sized shooting board models, please follow this link.

The rest of the shooting board name refers to the jig-half capabilities of the model. This expresses the functionality of the chute, and which handplane you may wish to use with it.

First, a few basic things to know about the chute. The chute on all our models is 2-3/4 inches wide. All models are predrilled and tapped with 1/4-20 threaded mounting points, to allow the mounting of any style Chute Adapter we offer. What this flexibility means is that you can purchase your shooting board without A Chute Adapter System included, but later you can choose to purchase the adapter system for the style of Low Angle Jack plane or shooting board plane that you choose to use. You can also utilize multiple adapters systems, or run without. Everything is interchangeable.

For Stanley Bailey and Bedrock style bench planes, as well as wooden style bench planes – including Kanna, no Chute Adapter is required. As such, the shooting board models that do not specifically specify which plane they are for use with, can be used with any of these style planes. Virtually any kind of bench plane, that has smooth sides at a 90° angle to the sole can be used without Chute Adapters.

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Chute Style Shooting Boards Encapsule the Shooting Plane Inside a “Track”.

Chute Adapter systems are available for the following models of planes, and enable you to take their shooting control to the next level. What these adapters do is allow certain specific plane models to run inside of an enclosed track that can be adjusted to a very fine tolerance. This allows you to spend more time concentrating on the cut rather than concentrating on the travel of the plane, often times resulting in a higher precision and quality of cut.

For shooting board planes: The Lie-Nielsen LN-51 Shoot Board Plane in Left and Right-Hand versions, and The Veritas Shooting Board Plane in both Left and Right-Hand versions.
In our web store, you can order every model of shooting board we offer, specifically set up for use with a shooting board plane by looking under the model of shooting board plane that you wish to use with it.

For most LA Jack Planes: our 62 Shooter is the go to shooting board for planes like the Lie-Nielsen LN-62 LA Jack, WoodRiver #62 style LA Jack, The New and Old Stanley 62 LA Jack, (please specify new or old Stanley when you order) and the Veritas LA Jack has its own specific shooting board model.

In our web store, you can order every model of shooting board we offer, specifically set up for use with an LA Jack plane by looking under the model of LA style plane that you wish to use with it.

We also offer a full line of shooting boards for use with the Lie-Nielsen LN-9 and Veritas Shooting Sander.

These are just examples of our Standard Sized Boards, but there are Chute Adapters available for all our shooting boards in every size range.

There is capability for bevel up smoother style planes from both Lie-Nielsen and Veritas to be used with our Chute Adapter Systems. If you are interested in using one of our shooting boards with a bevel up smoother style hand plane, please contact us prior to ordering to confirm proper fitment. We can also accommodate the Veritas miter plane, but again, please contact us prior to ordering to confirm proper fitment.

If you would like to have a look at all our Enclosed Chute style shooting boards, please follow this link.

There is one more style of Single Chute shooting board we offer, and if you prefer Japanese Kanna style planes, we can also make most of our shooting boards slightly thicker to accommodate blade fitment in these wooden plane bodies, and our full line of shooting boards can be milled so that the plane can be pulled instead of pushed. We do have some Kanna Shooting Board offerings directly available from our website, but if you don’t see the model you’re looking for, particularly in the Wide Board, Long Grain and Combi model shooting boards, please inquire. Most any of our shooting boards can be made to work with Kanna style planes.

Once you have decided how many angles, and which plane you want to use with your shooting board, we still have a few more choices you can make.

Our Shooting Board Accessories add an additional capabilities to your woodworking arsenal.

Sometimes having a secondary location to utilize your fixtures and appliances is handy. The MFT/3 Cleat is a low profile cleat that allows you to hook your shooting board more easily on Festool MFT Tables.

All our shooting boards are supplied with a Standard Fence. Our fence design is fully adjustable, so that you can calibrate for high accuracy, and compensate for any wood movement on any day of the year, in any season, anywhere. These fences are nominally 23/32nds tall, and are supplied for use with the 90 and 45° angle’s. We also make Standard fences which will fit every angle that are shooting boards can shoot. All our fences come with 90° capability, and one other angle as per your specification. This is highly recommended if there are specific angles that you intend to use frequently. Standard Fences are also available as a replacement item should your original shooting board fence wear out.

If you like, The Standard Fence is also available in a Stylized Version. Same High Accuracy, just a more elegant looking upgrade.

We also offer extra/replacement Thumbscrews for all our fence models as well as the Accessory Caul found on the Long Grain and Combi models.

The Double High Fence is nominally 1-7/16ths tall. It is also cut to fit specific angles which match angles that the shooting board can utilize. In the same manner as the Standard Fences, specific angles are available, and recommended.

And again, The Double High Fence is also available in a Stylized Version. Same High Accuracy, just a more elegant looking upgrade.

The Any Angle Fence is a specialty pivot fence, which comes in three parts. The pivot base, the short fence face, and the tall fence face. The fence base is rounded at the pivot end, so as to not interfere with the chute at any angle. The short fence is 1 inch tall, and the tall fence is 1-23/32nds inches tall, which is commonly full width with a 2 inch plane iron. The pivot fence base can be mounted in any position that the shooting board is designed to mount, and additionally it can be fixtured with an F clamp at nearly any arbitrary angle setting. Then the fence faces placed in front of the basin slid over to the edge of the chute and zeroed out against the workpiece. This way, you can shoot any angle you desire and can fixture.

We also offer a Planing Stop, which is just under 1/4 inch thick, which can be mounted in place of the fence. If you place a piece of 1/8th inch hardboard underneath your work, this planning stop can allow you to thickness materials all the way down to approximately 1/8th inch thick. Much safer than trying to put thin or short stock through a planer, and it really helps keep the smaller, thin pieces under control!

So there you have it, a shooting board system that is designed to work with the the way you work, maybe even give you capabilities way beyond your original considerations. including a range of sizes, angles, bench planes, and material thicknesses to match the way you approach woodworking. Overall, it adds up to a great deal of options from which you have to choose to select to the shooting board that is exactly right for you!

Please feel free to take a look at The Evenfall Studios Woodworks Store to choose the tools that would work best for you.

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