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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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The Combi Shooter “Multi 51”.

Like with all of our shooting boards, the Chute can be configured to work with a wide variety of different hand planes. For openers, We offer the Chute without Chute Adapters for use with most Stanley Bailey and Bedrock style hand planes, as well as wood hand planes. Please note that you can always upgrade our shooting boards to use Chute Adapter Kits later, if you purchase a board without them. All our shooting boards come standard with Chute Adapter mounting points and Chute Adapters are universally interchangeable on every shooting board model.

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The Combi Shooter “Multi 62”.

We also offer our shooting boards completed as “Enclosed Chute” Versions, which allow you to order them ready to use with the LN-51 Shoot Board Plane, LN-9 Iron Miter, Any brand of 62 LA Jack, The Veritas Shooting Plane, the Veritas LA Jack and the Veritas Shooting Sander. So whether you choose to have Chute Adapters or not, it’s always an option and every board can adapt to any plane at any time.

It is basically two shooting boards in one, with three different versions available for fence angle capacity, and seven different versions to accommodate the kind of hand plane(s) you wish to use on the Chute.

Like all of our shooting boards, the chute is milled to 0.001 inch straightness over the length, 0.001 inch coplanarity with the top, and the fence can be set to sub-minute angular accuracy, provided you have a protractor that provides that level of accuracy.

In terms of versatility, this shooting board pretty much has it all. Long Grain capacity to approximately 26 inches with the 90 degree fence, about 28 inches under the caul.

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The Combi Shooter “VLAJ” in “Caul Mode”.

You can shoot rectilinear shapes with the 90 degree fence for high accuracy, or arbitrarily shaped objects by using the caul for fixturing. The size of the shooting platform will also allow you to shoot a very wide board to the 26 inch width range across the grain.

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The Combi Shooter “VSP” in “LGS Mode”.

Using the Wide Board Shooter fence position, you can shoot comfortably to 18 inch widths on rectilinear shapes, and usually somewhere between 15 to 18 inch widths using most of the standard angles available on the model you choose.

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The Combi Shooter “51” in “Wide Board Mode”.

It is an extremely versatile board in that it does so much in just one platform. It takes up less space in the shop and is somewhat less expensive than having to buy multiple boards to get the job done. It is a great shooting board to augment one of our standard sized shooting boards offering most of the capabilities you’ll need for larger scale work.

Both of the shooting board styles used on the Combi Shooter are popular designs we have offered for years, and are already more than proven in hundreds of shops around the world. The only difference being now, is that both shooting board designs are available in a highly configurable, all-in one-package. It is an extremely capable shooting board for those who need versatility, work on large-scale projects that require both styles of shooting board, and need to save space in the workshop.

This shooting board is also a very comprehensive tool for those interested in or working with veneers, large casework, small parts, like small boxes where precision and safety is an issue, and impossible with powered equipment and Lutherie where wood not only requires precision shapes but the insurance of zero damage to wood fibers as well. It is a high precision tool.

Please feel free to navigate to our web store and have a look at all of the options for yourself. Ordering is available 24-seven-365 through our web store, and we hope to see you there! If you have any questions about any of our tools, please Contact Us.

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Aug 18 2014

Shooting Boards and Woodworking Safely.

Over the past several years I have received many inquiries regarding woodworking methods that are difficult to make safe. Believe me, being very fond of my fingers and their daily health is always in the forefront of my mind as a full time toolmaker.

Finger Hazard Warning

Some of the most common questions have been regarding working with short lengths of stock, and thin stock. Both of these sizes of wood not only commonly put our fingers in the near vicinity of rotating cutters on many different power tools and shop machines, but are also such that the power tool or shop machine can grab them and remove control from the operator.

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Oct 12 2012

Woodworking Tools for the Left Handed Woodworker. (Righties Too!)

We have heard from many left handed clients, thanking us for our attention to left handed tooling. We have offered nearly every right handed tool we make in a left handed version since day one, as well as with the introduction of each new tool we offer, and for the same price, either hand.

Call it a mission statement if you like, but I personally like helping woodworkers create, while achieving their personal best levels of craftsmanship no matter which hand they favor. Our tools are designed to help create fine craftsmanship with either hand, no matter which side you favor. We make a number of woodworking tools and jigs that are purpose-made to help unlock the creative process, making the tools you may already have, work even better and more accurately, by giving both you and your tools as much capability as we can in the process. Continue Reading »

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Dec 16 2011

The ‘51’ Shooter Chute Board

We now offer a new board in our Shooting Board Line. It’s called the ‘51’ Shooter.

It’s our Deluxe, Basic Plus and Basic Shooters made available in “Chute Style” for the LN 51 shooting board planes.

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While we have mentioned similar news of this recently, and have been offering chute adapter kits to be used as an upgrade to our shooting board line, it just made sense to give this series it’s own identity, and make it easier to order. Continue Reading »

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Feb 16 2011

The Bench End Planing Stop

We’ve had some requests for more information about our new ‘Bench End Planing Stop’, because it works a bit differently than what woodworkers are accustomed to.

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Our new Planing Stop is the jointer planes helper, engineered to be a complete planing stop, meant to be easy to set up and use. When you wanna plane, you wanna plane! When you are done planing, simply lower the screws and it’s flush to the bench top. Always ready.

Why would we want to use a planing stop?

The main reason to use a stop when planing is that it offers no cramp to the board. By cramp, I mean clamping the uncorrected board so that some of the wind and twist may become compressed. When you clamp a board that isn’t flat before you attempt to true it, you can flex the wood fibers against a natural wind and actually plane more problems into it than out. Continue Reading »

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Feb 12 2011

New Products for 2011, 12, 13 and so on…

And not just 2014, but 2015, 16 and so forth!You get the idea, New products are always in the works and you can find them from here!

Over the past several years of building shooting boards, our product line has grown through thoughts, ideas and suggestions. We have expanded to over a dozen shooting board models and have developed many accessories for them. We continue to work on ways to expand our shooting board’s capabilities. This helps bring more woodworking capability, and better outcomes to bear for the woodworkers who use them.

During this same time, we have developed other tools and jigs for helping take woodworkers further in other aspects of the craft. Why? well because; The lyfe so short, the craft so long to lerne, Th’ assay so hard, so sharpe the conquering. Geoffrey Chaucer from: The Assembly of Fowles. We listen to what woodworkers talk about when they discuss what they feel is difficult for them, or could be more efficient, and what they wished were easier. Then we try to conquer those issues, and make a tool or jig that will address it, and make working wood easier for woodworkers. What this means sometimes is that our tools are not completely traditional, but they do aim high to give you better outcomes in your woodworking endeavors.

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Many woodworkers say they want to spend less time making jigs. Some say that they don’t have enough spare time, others don’t have the tools. We listened. Free time these days for most people is limited and precious, so when there is time for woodworking, most people want to maximize their outcomes making great cabinetry and furnishings. Continue Reading »

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Dec 23 2010

A Shooting Board for Picture Frames and Moldings.

For some time now, we have wanted to add a shooting board for picture framing and moldings. It’s new for 2011, and it is available now.

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Working with picture frames and moldings in general presents a special set of circumstances when mitering. Often, the bottom and back of the molding are the only surfaces that can be registered flat and square, and so they have to be the ones used when registering them against fences for cutting and shooting.

So it goes that if you can only orient a molding one way, which is on it’s back, a single chute shooting board will only be able to shoot half of the miter. The right hand board will only shoot the left side of the miter, and the left chute will only shoot the right side. A problem if you only have one chute. There are workarounds, but ehhh… They are often rife with as many problems as they hope to solve.

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Enter our newest shooting board, the ‘Picture Frame Shooter’. A shooting board with twin chutes, independent, calibratable left and right hand 45-degree miter fences, with tall, removable fence faces to prevent breakout to the top of most plane blades. Continue Reading »

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Apr 24 2010

Surface Prep and Finish, Thoughts and Observations

Published by under Finishing,Planing,Sanding

Recently a great question was asked about finish surface preparation for stains, oils, and coating type finishes with hand planes. It was regarding the finish a plane leaves, if sanding is necessary, and which grits are appropriate. It’s a great question. Let’s explore the options.

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In many woods, a planed surface will leave a surface quality similar to that of 600 grit finish smoothness, and without burnishing the wood surface. Sanding in this case may not bring much to the table.

Occasionally there are grains that are just too difficult to plane successfully, and so you must sand. Continue Reading »

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Nov 23 2009

The Case for Long Grain Shooting Boards

Shooting boards are very handy for fine trims that clean the rough sawn edges left by saws, power tools and shop machines, so the wood is looking it’s very best, and even made as accurate fitting as can be. But even as we do this most commonly on end grain, end grain is not the only place on a board that can benefit from the use of a shooting board.

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There are a number of things a woodworker can classify as delicate work. It can of course mean short in length or width, thin stock, veneer, inlays, book matched pieces, and even working with tone woods. Luthiers commonly join book matched boards for stringed instruments, and these boards are very fragile.

There are also the occasions where using a power tool or a shop machine may not be the safest way, or the most accurate way to accomplish a task and so we are left trying to come up with an alternative method for accomplishing the fine work we need done. Continue Reading »

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May 12 2009

Shooting Boards and they’re Red Hot!

Shooting Boards and they’re red hot, yes we’ve got em’ for sale!
Thanks belongs to the early bluesman, Robert Johnson, for inspiration on the blog title here.

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Here’s a photo of a pair to draw to. The shooting boards, shown here in left and right-handed models. You could almost call them V-Twins, but darn it, somebody already thought of that…

Back in late March 2009, I revealed I was going into the woodworking tool business, offering high accuracy shooting boards with calibratable fences, which can be fixtured from 2-7 positions depending on the model. Woodworkers found this very interesting! I want to take a moment to say thank you to all who have purchased one. It has been a warm and well-received response from the woodworking community.

We continue making shooting boards and now offer about twelve different models as well as many other tools in our product line. Additionally, we have created a number of accessories for our shooting boards, making them the most accurate, well-rounded and capable shooting boards available anywhere.

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Left-handed shooting boards are available in every shooting board model we offer and have been since day one. All our accessories work with left hand models, and when Lie-Neilsen makes the LN-51 available as a left hand shooting board plane, we are ready to offer that option as well! Continue Reading »

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