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Jun 21 2018

Shooting Board Choices For Woodworkers

We get questions about our shooting boards, and it seems like a good time to try and answer a few and share the information with everybody who may be pondering a shooting board from us in the near future.


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Our Combi Shooter

We are often asked about the Chute Adapters. Here is what you need to know.

All of our Chute adapters utilize a universal mounting system. So no matter which adapters you decide to purchase, to match the plane that you intend to use with your shooting board, you are not locked into that choice forever. Everything is 100% interchangeable. This means, you can easily remove the adapter if you would like to use the board without it, which will accommodate nearly every type of bench plane, or install the adapter of your choice, we have them available, for the Veritas shooting plane, the Veritas LA Jack, the Veritas miter plane, the Lie-Nielsen 51, 9, and any makers version of 62 Low Angle Jack.

Mounting is very straightforward, three button head cap screws on Standard sized boards, four screws on our Wide Board series, and six screws for our Long Grain, Dual Chute, And Combi shooting board models. The 5/32 hex key is all you need.

The next common question we get is about how do you decide which shooting board would be best? It’s a broad question but there are some ways of narrowing things down.

It may seem somewhat philosophical, but think of who you are right now as a woodworker. Where is your current skill set, and what kind of projects are you doing. Then think about your future as a woodworker, and think of where you would like your skill set to be, and what kind of projects you aspire to. Oftentimes this will help you decide what you need to consider in terms of a tool for future projects.

It may be helpful for you to know, that we offer a very wide range of options when it comes to shooting boards. Different lengths, multiple options for shooting angles, and in all our models, precision accuracy that you can count on and calibrate in any season, in spite of temperature, humidity, and wood movement.

Regarding precision and accuracy, all of our shooting boards are quality checked for accuracy where surfaces will be providing precision for your shooting. Fence edges are calibrated before 0.001-inch tolerances, as is chute flatness, and coplanarity with the top of the shooting board. All of our fences have a calibration slot built-in, with +/- 4° adjustability, which allows you to calibrate to sub-minute angular accuracy, or allowing is slightly off angle calibrations, for matching miters that are not quite precise. We feel it is the most accurate shooting board available and gives you the capability to keep it that way, seasonally, no matter where you live or work.

A word about the lengths. First, all our shooting boards are 14-3/4 inches wide. Our Standard Size shooting board is 14-3/4 inches long. Wide Board models are 22-1/8 inches long, and our Long Grain/Combi models are 29-1/2 inches long. A lot of options from shooting end grain two being able To joint boards with the grain two approximately 26 to 28 inches.

Most of the time, our clients generally choose their shooting board one of two ways. They are either minimalist, where they believe the only real need they will have for angles are 90 and 45°. As such, they select our basic models. Somewhat more often than that, people select our top-of-the-line models, because they believe that their skill set is going to continue to grow, and their imagination has wanted to take them into extravagant projects in the future that they hope to complete.

We offer Standard Size shooting boards that have the capability of shooting from two to eight mountable angles. The options are 15, 22.5, 30, 45, 60, 67.5, 75, and 90° angles. And you can choose from multiple models that provide you with five different options for purchasing the angles you feel you’ll need. This model has the capacity to shoot approximately 11-1/2 inches wide at 90°.

Our Wide Board Shooter is a popular model, because it is the same length as the original Stanley 52 shooting board, and it is available in three different versions, with up to five angles between 90 and 45°. Most of our clients select the multi version, which contains all five of those angles. This model will shoot approximately 18 inches at 90°.

Our Combi shooter has been very popular since its release last year. It is basically two shooting boards in one, and while it is our largest board, it is a space saver, because it is the only board that many woodworkers feel they need. What’s cool about it? It’s a combination of our Wide Board Shooter and our Long Grain Shooter. I’ve just described as the former, and the latter is the Long Grain model, which comes with a fixturing caul for arbitrary angles and a 90° fence at the top, for fixturing rectilinear work. As I said earlier, our Long models can shoot lengths from approximately 26 to 28 inches depending on configuration.

In our Dual Chute models, the most commonly requested shooting board is the Master Miter Shooter. More often than not, woodworkers choose that model for its versatility. Inside and outside 45° angle’s or call it 135° if you will. It’s handy for casework as well as picture frames, and there is the ever needed 90° fence set to accommodate you for whichever hand you favor the strongest. As an added bonus, these shooting boards are available in both our standard and wide board lengths. If you shoot moldings, this is the board you’ll need. The maximum thickness for shooting on these boards is 1-23/32nds inch with a 2-inch plane iron.

What about accessories? We have developed some items that make our shooting boards even more versatile.

The Any Angle Fence allows you to shoot any angle. All the angles the board can fixture, plus if you can fixture with an F Clamp, any angle in between. It is really handy for reaching all of the unusual angles that come with building all of the different kinds of things, and particularly handy when you have to match up to pre-existing miters.

Another handy accessory that many people choose is the planing stop. Our planing stop is approximately a quarter inch tall and protects the plain iron from contact with steel mounting hardware. By itself, it will allow the thicknessing of particularly small parts or thin parts quite safely. Additionally, a piece of 1/8th MDF can be cut and placed on top of the shooting board to allow thicknessing down to 1/8th of an inch.

In summary, there’s a lot of options. Like I said before, if you’re like most woodworkers, most dream big, and go for a shooting board that allows for a lot of capabilities. On the other hand, many woodworkers know what they like, and find that the basic models are a good fit for them, and they add an Any Angle Fence for those occasions that they may need an extra angle or two.

Our shooting boards are made from Baltic Birch, a very stable material, that generally only sees plus or minus 0.003-Inches of movement seasonally. Most of this in the tangential direction. Most of the accuracy surfaces that are important on the shooting board are positioned to the radial edge, and the movement is commonly half that of tangential seasonally. We always recommend you should calibrate before using the shooting boards each working session. This always assures that the accuracy is there, and your work turns out precisely the way you hoped.

The main two links you need to sort out these options are:

The Shooting Board section, and the Shooting Board Accessory section of our web store.

I hope this helps you decide which shooting board or boards may be the right tools for your shop. We are always happy to take your questions, it isn’t any trouble at all, we are here to help you find the right tool for your shop and help you make your dreams and ambitions in woodworking a reality. So feel free to contact us via email with those questions, and we will try to answer them as promptly as we can. We are happy to say that we have been here building shooting boards for the woodworkers of the world for 10 years now. Being able to bring precision and accuracy to woodworking is a large part of that puzzle.

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Dec 29 2017

Woodworking Tool Talk

It’s always fun to talk tools, Right? So I thought it would be a good time to talk about a few of the tools we offer here at Evenfall Studios.

We are best known for our shooting boards, and for nine years now we have been making them for woodworkers all over the world. Every single shooting board is made by one guy in his shop, hands, eyes, careful measurements, and stubborn meticulousness.

We started with the shooting board that is now known as the Deluxe Shooter, and we have expanded on that to include shooting boards that shoot with a single or double chute, from the left hand or right, with a single or double chute.

We have built in the capability to accurately shoot from two to eight angles on our single chute shooting boards, and from three to five different angles on our double chute boards.

We have also included shooting boards that allow you to do everything from the usual lengths and widths in our standard size shooting boards, and have included the ability to easily shoot wide boards at most of the commonly used angles, and long grain as well as super wide boards, so that you can perfect your projects in veneering, lutherie and large casework.

The coolest thing about our shooting boards, we think, is that you can calibrate them to complete and total accuracy every day of the year, no matter where you are. A tool that can overcome wood movement, and provide you with the angles you exactly need. And with flexibility, you are not locked into any specific angle at all, there is even room to calibrate off angle if that’s what you need. In other words, our shooting boards will give you, accurately, any angle you need. All you have to do is calibrate.

Our accessories allow you to shoot both thick and thin boards. We have a fence that you can set with a clamp, which will allow you to shoot any angle between zero and roughly 90° with all of the accuracy possible. We even offer a planing stop for our shooting boards that will allow you to easily plane down to the 1/4 inch thickness, and by laying a piece of 1/8th masonite under your work, in front of the planing stop, you can easily play into the 1/8 inch thickness range.

We offer adapters for every board that we make that will allow you to use any of our shooting boards as a “chute” board, that allows you to enclose a hand plane in a track, for greater ease of use, and perhaps even higher accuracy. Most any shooting board plane, as well as the low angle bench planes can take advantage of this.

Without chute adapters installed, our shooting boards will accommodate any bench plane, any make or model from a number one through a number eight, most block planes, most any wooden plane that was built with parallel sides that are square to the sole. We even offer shooting boards for use with Kanna. So if your desire is to work with Japanese tools, you can have a shooting board for that.

Why do we make so many different kinds of shooting board? Because people work wood so many different ways. We’ve figured out that we could give you the options and all of the accuracy that you’ll need, and so we did. You would be surprised, woodworkers choose to buy every model that we offer, because of the way they work wood. The only way to figure out which one is the best, is to think about which options for you. Beyond that, all our shooting boards will give you all of the accuracy you will need, at every angle they will shoot.

It wasn’t lost on us, that you might need to have a fixture to help you saw. The common miter box isn’t quite as ergonomic as we would like, particularly when we are cutting all of these uncommon angles. We offer a fixture that will help you solve these angles, and do it without having to become a contortionist. If you’re hesitant that you cannot keep your saw square or straight to the work, we also build magnetic side guides that are fully adjustable to any angle that will help keep your aim true.

We realize that shooting end grain and such can help dull a blade. Rather than force you back to your sharpening gear every few minutes to retune the edge, we offer a number of different stropping systems that do have the ability to reach into the dullness and sharpen it back up, without having to do a major grind on your blades. This saves you a ton of time and keeps you woodworking when what you really want to do is build your project instead of sharpening your tools.

The key to keeping your tools sharp is to sharpen them frequently and sharpen them often. This does not mean that you go grab your coarsest stone and go to work rebuilding the edge every time. This means stropping with honing compounds while you are woodworking. We have tools in our shop that haven’t seen an abrasive in more than a couple of years. There has been no damage, we just keep them stropped and working.

Of course you can spend hundreds of dollars on the finest water stones if that’s what you prefer to have, but are sharpening stations can accommodate sandpaper sharpening, you know, the good old scary sharp system. Only the thing is, the advisement that’s out there on the Internet that claim you’ll spend a lot of money on sandpaper isn’t exactly correct when you spend more of your time stropping. The whole trick is to try not to let your tools get so dull that you need to use course abrasives to repair the damage.

Yet, you use a lot less sandpaper that way. But when it comes to needing any abrasives that you could possibly need, Sand paper actually does cover all of the bases and then some. Every knife in the world is made on a belt sander. Every abrasive you could ever want to have is available in sandpaper, and if you’re a diligent stropper, it will be rare that you need to touch up very often. Sharper tools just work better, and your own experience with sharp tools will tell you when it’s time to strop.

Another advantage of course, is not having to completely disassemble your irons from the chip breakers, because stropping is a dry system, and so no moisture is present. It simply means that you pop the blade Assembly out of the plane, strop it, put it back and take a test shaving and you’re back in business. It keeps you sharp in just a couple of minutes. With a chisel there’s nothing to disassemble, you simply take it out of the cut, strop it, wipe it off, and return it to work.

We also wanted to remind you that we have lots of other goodies here on the website. We have the woodwork’s library, filled with over 200 books about woodworking and other trade crafts that are related. We have a full reference section, and we have a great deal of woodworking information right here in all of our indexed blog articles that will help keep you going, if there’s any kind of how to that you need to figure out in woodworking.

We feel that we offer tools that can help take your woodworking from good to great. We hope that you perceive them as being of great value and versatility to your work. They are all about where the rubber meets the road, and making your woodworking projects with all the precision possible.

If you would like to browse at all of the different tools in our store, just scroll to the top of this page and click on the button called store. If you’d like to place an order, our online store is open 24 seven, and if you would rather discuss your order with us via the phone, we can arrange to help you make that call, and we have recently added the ability to allow you to place your order over the phone with us if that is what you would prefer. Yes! you can phone it in if you wanna! Just contact us via email and let us know you’d like to do that and we will set it up! We look forward to hearing from you! Oh, and just in case you were wondering, we are happy to ship internationally via the postal services.

We wanted to say thank you for your business. We are going into our 10th year here, and as a small business that focuses on building tools for woodworkers, we couldn’t have done it without you. We hope that those of you have who have not had the chance to become our clients will consider it. It is our goal to help woodworkers everywhere, building things better. We realize that Shooting boards aren’t the easiest thing in the world to make accurately, but we’ve got that down and we can make you a nice one that we feel is the most accurate and versatile shooting board available. We can also help keep your saws sawing straight, and your edge tools sharp.

If your layout is accurate, and you’re cutting on the waste side of the line, we can help get you the rest of the way to the line with all of the accuracy you need. A shooting board Will make you look good!

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Dec 23 2017

New ways to Complete Purchases at Evenfall Studios.

In addition to the shopping cart processing we offer on our website which includes PayPal, We have recently added a non-PayPal credit/debit card processor to help our clients complete their purchases at Evenfall Studios. This is good news for both our clients and for us, because it offers new purchasing options that we haven’t been able to offer you before. We are excited to share this news with you. But first, here’s a little backstory.

For the most part, a very large player in purchase processing on the Internet is PayPal. PayPal not only has its own function of placing your money that you load into an account at PayPal, for the purposes of funding your purchase, but they also are an online credit card processor. However, sometimes the rules that PayPal uses are not a good fit for the way everyone would prefer to transact business.

Over the years, we have had a number of clients bring to our attention, that PayPal is not their favorite purchase processor. In fact, a number of our clients have expressed their reservations about PayPal, for a number of different reasons and experiences, based on rules and practices that PayPal has had down through the years, which has had the effect of causing some people to close their PayPal accounts and choose not to make payments that are processed through PayPal.

This does not necessarily make PayPal a bad payment processing partner, but we understand why some of our clients have reservations based on their perceptions and experiences, and completely respect that. While we are going to continue to offer PayPal processing as an option for purchases here on the Evenfall Studios website, we kept our eye on the horizon for additional ways to help our clients complete their purchases with us.

We listened to what our clients wished we could do. We went shopping for the right partner to help us with this. Finally, we have found a card processor who can provide us the ability to not only process card purchases via telephone, but also in person with card chip and swipe capabilities, and the merchant costs and fees are commensurate with our perceived value of the service.

So here is what we can offer clients who wish to make purchases at Evenfall Studios:

  1. Our website still works as it always has – as a complete catalog of our tools and accessories, which can be purchased with our shopping cart buttons on each product page. Using our online shopping cart will allow you the choice of purchasing with PayPal. Alternatively, Credit Card Processing online is accomplished via PayPal for Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover and Debit Cards with those logos.

  2. If you would prefer to place your order with us using NON-PayPal card processing, or would like to discuss your woodworking tool needs with us prior to purchasing – Via Telephone, we are happy to help. Please Contact Us via email with your best phone contact information, outlining what you’d like to discuss and that you would like us to call you back. We will try and call you back at a best time for you during our business hours which are 8 AM – 4:30 PM Pacific time, US. Monday through Friday. If you need a callback outside of business hours, we can usually arrange that too if needed.

  3. We realize that some woodworkers would like to discuss tools and applications, or customizations they may wish to have made to their tool(s) before they buy and would like to call the order in. We get that, and now we can place your orders with us via telephone. We hope this will help you in your efforts to buy the tooling for your shop that will meet your needs! If this is your want, please email us and let us know. We will set up a callback time to help you!

  4. Our new processor enables us to run Cards via Chip, Swipe or Phone. We can process Credit or Debit Cards with the VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover and JCB Logos. We can also process Gift Cards with those logos, and are open to helping you make your purchases with more than one card if that helps. We can also take your Card Payments if you reside or are outside of the United States. To avoid paying international calling rates, we can be contacted via WhatsApp or perhaps Skype for secure conversations with no calling charges.

We hope that you find this new information helpful. We want to make purchasing as easy as possible and look forward to hearing from you soon here at Evenfall Studios!

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Dec 15 2017

Shooting Boards for Woodworking and More

As you know, Evenfall Studios is a tool making company best known for our custom made shooting boards, as well as some other helpful tools for woodworking. You may be in the market for any number of these tools, and you may be interested in learning more about them.

First off, there is a great deal of information about every tool and product we offer on each individual product page on our website. These pages are really easy to acces by clicking the Store link at the top of nearly webpage on our site. When it comes to shooting boards alone, we probably offer over 50 variations that will allow you to dial in and get the tool that will work best for you. None of our shooting boards are a one trick pony, they are all very durable, and accurate, even after many years of use. They are a versatile and valuable tool in any shop.

Do you still need more information? We have written a large number of blog articles, so let me take a couple minutes and talk about our website, it’s navigation and maybe some information you may not have known that we have.

Something we want to remind everyone about our website, is that it is set up to be a searchable and researchable resource for woodworkers. You have free access to it, anytime.

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Oct 22 2017

How to Select a Single Chute Shooting Board

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.

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Jun 04 2017

Helpful Resources at Evenfall Studios

There are many resources for woodworking, metalworking and making in general available at Evenfall Studios, so we thought we would give you a quick tour of how to navigate and use them.

First off our blog. We use our blog a little differently than most websites. It is a resource of information about our products, articles on how to and tips as well as other information we hope you’ll enjoy. If you look up at the top index of our blog there are a number of different places you can navigate to on our website.

If you scroll to the top of the page you’ll see a row of index buttons. Most of these are available from every webpage on our site. Let’s start with the Blog Index.

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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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Aug 31 2015

Logging in the Redwoods – 1946

As woodworkers, we are always using our tools in ensemble to overcome challenges. What we need to make and the materials we seek to make things from are part and parcel of the challenge, but we must acquire the skill to wield our tools and we must learn the ways of wood.

For many woodworkers, it has been beneficial to go back in time and reacquire the skills and tradecraft knowledge that previous generations evolved, learning that both the tools and methods from the hands and eyes, which make for deeper craftsman skill still retain all the quality, productivity and capability they always had in today’s small shop.

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Aug 25 2015

Shooting Boards for Makers

Recently we have received a few e-mails asking if shooting boards are a good tool for makers. Absolutely! Our shooting boards can help you make nearly anything – material appropriate – that you want!

Woodworking is making with wood as the making media or material. Making anything usually means parts are part of any ensemble and parts need to fit together. Fortunately, You don’t have to have a full woodworking shop for making a lot of things. You can tool up just to handle specific tasks.

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Jun 29 2015

Shooting Any Angle You Like

Any Angle Fence

While it is true that the traditional shooting board is most often made for shooting 90° and on occasion some are made to shoot 45° as well, we offer shooting boards that not only offer those two angles, but the ability to fixture a fence at up to eight different angles all in one board. But we didn’t stop there.

The reality of woodworking and cabinetry requires special tools for special situations. Not everything we make is perfectly square, nor is it necessarily perfectly angled. Sometimes we have to match angles that are caused by any number of different things. So while the actual angle it is whatever it may be, we may still need to divide that angle by half in order to create the complementary angles for a miter. Often this can lead us to angles that most shooting boards can’t reach.

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