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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.

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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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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Apr 21 2015

Shooting Boards and thinking outside the box.

Woodworking is a lot of different things to many people. Collectively, we use woods in many artistic and engineered ways when we apply it to our projects and the things we make.

Want diversity from materials? Ok, we can use hardwoods, or softwoods, exotics or domestics. We can vary colors, shapes and textures, while building period furniture or puzzles, jewelry boxes or tool chests. We can veneer and make parquetry, we can make instruments, and kitchen gadgets. Curves and tangents in three dimensions. We may focus on some part of this or dabble in a lot of it from simple and necessary to extravagant and ornate.

Want more diversity? Ok. Woodworkers are also varied in their tastes, design eye, and their use of tools as well, and so what they shoot and shoot with on their shooting boards is as varied as they are. With so many materials and projects, we likely only describe the half of it.

Where many things come together in nearly any project, is where the need for base line precision has to be laid out of boards, and then the cuts that have to be worked to those lines. This can mean measuring with rulers or stepping out with dividers using ratios, but fitment is important, and line and angle accuracy can become important, because this is still geometric work and often in three dimensions. Layout from any inaccurate baseline can be a disaster. This is the essence of making anything, and the need for high precision for continued good fitment as you build depends on a lot of things, but the closer you take the work to fine, the greater becomes that need.

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Jan 21 2015

Shooting Board Questions and Answers Volume One

I get questions about our shooting boards from time to time, so I thought I’d help out by sharing the Q&A stream with you.

Q: Why do we use shooting boards?

A: Shooting boards have been pretty common in woodworking for the last 200 years and were widely taught for use in Educational Sloyd. Shooting devices certainly predate 200 years ago, but were less common when furniture was less complex. They are tools that help reduce the workmanship of risk, reduce the complexity of difficult work such as specific needs for straightness and angles, and help enhance woodworker safety, particularly on small parts.

Making anything from wood means working to the lines and begins with layout lines on accurate boards. Lines are then sawn closely on the waste side and finished to the line, smooth with planes to remove the saw marks. When the need for a line is to fit parts precisely with other parts, that line is planed with a shooting board. The shooting board and a sharp plane can improve upon any sawn line whether it was cut by hand or machine, removing all the tearout and leaving a crisp edge and smooth surface. It also reduces risk to work the further a project progresses. Shooting boards offer a great deal of surety in the work.

Q: Why offer Shooting Boards as a tool, Don’t people make those from scraps around the shop?

A: A shooting board is a device that can offer accuracy to woodworkers that rivals machinist accuracy. This is really handy for fine work in woodworking. Historically, as the woodworker has acquired tooling of higher precision, the appearance of their work has reflected it. To make a tool capable of this precision with repeatability in accuracy and durability requires a specialized manufacturing process. The shooting board has to be more accurate than the things it will be used to make.

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