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Jul 21 2018

The Sweet Deal

In the past several months I’ve had several inquiries about our shooting boards and the general take away from these inquiries was that these woodworkers wanted to optimize their set up so that it would save space overall, while having the most capability for future woodworking.

The question I usually ask most woodworkers when they are having a hard time deciding a tool purchase is, do you know who you are in woodworking right now, and do you know where you want to take the craft from here?

There is no harm or foul in being who you are. You may be a creative, interested in period furniture or you may prefer simple unadorned designs or just be starting out and you’re not sure how far your passion for the craft may take you.

To be clear, a shooting board has a lot of application in many woodworking sub-genres, and every single shooting board we offer will take care of the basic 90 and 45 degree accurizing that is common to nearly all woodworking. But if you are creative, and your desires trend toward making things that are not exclusively simple or basic, then we offer quite a few options that will let your creativity flow much further.

In the case of these recent inquiries, the questions were a bit more specific. When it came down to it, they had looked over the options but what they really wanted to know is which shooting board is the sweet deal that would most likely do the most in one tool.

Before I reveal my thoughts, the true answer is that the sweet deal is what you think it is, not what I think it is. Your Shop, it’s needs and your workflow are unique to you, and the tools that are the best fit for you are your choice. This is what I think is the sweet deal and why think it is.

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The Combi Shooter Multi with Both the Long Grain and Wide Board Fences Installed.

The Combi Shooter Multi, Supplied with Chute Adapters, paired with The Any Angle Fence and a Planing Stop. That’s what I think is my go to shooting board for most occasions, sans the need for doing molding work.

Why do I think this? The Combi Shooter is a combination of two of our shooting boards in one. It is the Wide Board Shooter Multi, and the Long Grain Shooter all wrapped up in one board. So you get all of the features of both boards in one, and it takes up the space of one shooting board.

This shooting board is capable of doing everything a smaller shooting board can do, and is excellent for lutherie work, large casework, multiple miter angles on rectilinear stock, as a jointing fixture for thin or small stock as well as boards in they twenty six to twenty eight inch length range. And when you think about that, jointing this kind of stock manually is a lot safer than using a machine. And when you consider fine, rare or expensive woods, and even more particularly, sound woods where the resonance of a wood is important for use in the manufacture of musical instrument, a shooting board can be a real asset in preserving the quality of some very expensive boards.

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The Combi Shooter Multi with Accessory Caul Installed.

The Long Grain Shooter portion of the board has a 90° fence at the end of it, for allowing you to square up long or wide pieces of stock, but it also has an accessory caul, which is interchangeably mounted very near the Chute. This can allow odd shaped materials to be trued for joining. So perhaps you are bookmatching a instrument body. The only the areas where the Bookmatch takes place need to be straight, so fixture the workpiece with the caul. Whether you’re making a wedge shape for use in a sunburst or compass rose, or any arbitrary shape that needs a jointed edge, this is a wonderful way to hold that workpiece in place while you prepare it for its final position.

In the Wide Board Configuration, you can shoot up to five settable angles with the fence fixture at up to the 18 inches in length or width. You can rely on the accuracy, cause we build these shooting boards to deliver 0.001 inch tolerances, and you can calibrate them every day as often as you like and every time you change the angles.

You don’t have to be concerned about wood movement, you can simply calibrate it out of the equation. Baltic birch is robust, it’s a material commonly used to build floors so strong that you can drive a forklift on them. The typical wood movement in Baltic Birch over the course of a full four seasons is +/- 0.003 on average which is mostly tangential. Most of the movement in a shooting board is in the radial direction so accuracy is affected much less. If you safeguard this precision tool like you would any precision tool, you’ll be good to go for a long time. Over the long haul, A good shooting board made with quality materials and precision construction that you can count on, will pay you.

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The Any Angle Fence Shown Clamped at an Arbitrary Angle.

When you add the additional accessory of the Any Angle Fence, you have a fence that can be set to any of the angles that is mountable on the board, which in this case would be 15, 22.5, 30, 45 and 90 degree angles. And in addition to that, the fence can be mounted without standard fixturing, so that you can fixture any of the other angles between zero and 90, providing the workpiece can be reasonably trued to any of those angles.

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The Shooting Board Plaining Stop Installed For Stock Thicknessing.

With the planing stop installed, this shooting board basically becomes a mini benchtop, that is optimized for planing very thin stock. It’s also completely adequate for planing small stock quite safely. The planning stop by itself allows you to thickness material to approximately 1/4 inch, and if you lay a piece of 1/8th inch, hardboard or MDF underneath the stock you are thicknessing, you can reduce the range down to approximately 1/8 inch thick, which makes for some pretty thin material.

Overall, when it comes to stock preparation, this shooting board can handle all six sides of your stock, allow you to shape it in a myriad of ways, and bring it to a level of accuracy that will assure the fitment unit require for fine woodworking. It’s just super versatile, and it’s only one shooting board to have to figure out where to stow when it’s not in use. Overall, I think it’s the shooting board that does the most, and it does all it’s tasks very well.

It’s the Sweet Deal. The most versatile shooting board system we offer. We look forward to hearing from you!

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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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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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Aug 12 2017

Introducing the Combi Shooter Shooting Board

We’d like introduce a new shooting board to our lineup, called the Combi Shooter.

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The Combi Shooter, “Multi”.

The Combi Shooter gets its name because it combines two models of shooting board we currently offer into one. Starting with the Long Grain Shooter shooting board, we build it completely as a Long Grain Shooter including the Accessory Caul, then we add the Wide Board Shooter shooting board onto the very same platform, with all of its pivot fence capabilities.

The Combi Shooter in all cases is a complete Long Grain Shooter. The variables between each model are that the Wide Board Shooter aspect of the tool is available in three optional fence setting configurations; Basic which includes 45 and 90°, Basic Plus, which includes 45, 22.5, and 90°, and the Multi, which includes 45, 30, 22.5, 15 and 90° angles.

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Nov 06 2016

What is a Woodworking Shooting Board?

First let’s sort out some ambiguity. This is a tool used in woodworking, and not to be confused with things that are used in the sport of hockey or firearm related sports.

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The Ultra Plus Shooter.

A shooting board for woodworking is a tool which is sometimes referred to as a woodworking appliance, but for the most part it is simply a very important tool that makes a big difference in a woodworkers kit of tools.

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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!

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

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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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May 08 2015

Lutherie Shooting Boards

Published by under Hand Tools,Jigs,Shooting boards

Recently we’ve had some inquiries about shooting boards for use with lutherie, and so I thought I’d take a few minutes and talk about this, and shooting long work. The short answer is, Yes, we can help with Lutherie!

Long Grain Shooter

We offer shooting boards for lutherie and long grain jointing work called the Long Grain Shooter. It has the capacity to shoot lengths to 24-26 inches depending on how much care you want to take to accomplish it. We offer this board in single chute only and you can order it for Right or Left Handed use as per your preference.

It’s a versatile tool! Read on!

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Apr 30 2015

Tools for Creativity, Productivity, Art, and Fun

Some of the fun of being a toolmaker, is getting to be a woodworking evangelist. Talking with woodworkers and listening to what they hope to do in woodworking. Stories of wishing it were easier to make something, but oh for the lack of this tool or that. I understand. I always enjoy hearing from clients who have had their tooling we custom made for them awhile and to hear how it has made the different things they wanted to make possible, and easier.

Some of the things that have been shared with me are interesting. Epiphany level stuff a lot of the time. On the shooting board equation I recall things like; “I have thousands invested in hand planes, but I am also expecting high accuracy from a quickly made jig from scraps. I’m finding that doesn’t work a lot of the time.” “I’m on my fourth shooting board now, and I am just tired of trying to get or keep accuracy.” “I want to make intricate things with small parts, but my machines seem too risky to use for that.” “I have so many ideas, but my tools don’t seem to be able to get me close enough to accomplish it.” Making a high accuracy shooting board is harder than it seems.”

On the topic of Sharpening, I’ve listened. I hear things like: “I know I should sharpen more often, but it’s a bother, and so messy.” I spend so much time having to maintain my water stones that I hate to use them”.”I just wait to sharpen until I can’t get my tools to work anymore, because working is way more fun.” “I have such a small shop, there’s just no room to sharpen and have it be easy.”

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Apr 23 2015

Imagine Woodworking – Easier

Woodworking is a field of endeavor filled with imagination. Wood has not stopped capturing our imagination for centuries.

Wood has been used to build bridges that carry trains and large wooden ships. We have shaped it into airplanes. It has been used for housing, barns, aircraft hangars, and other large buildings. We cut and shave it into veneers and small delicate pieces that form beautiful images, and screens. We dye it, stain it, paint it, weatherize it. We ask everything of wood from engineering to art, and it rarely disappoints.

Wood asks a few things of us in exchange for forming and shaping it as it yields to us and our requirements.

For best results, wood has taught us it’s best methods for working it through practice and observation. If we learn these ways, and pay attention to the details while we work things come together pretty nicely, most of the time.

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