Skill Building: How to Make a Shooting Board Part 1 and 2

As you are getting started with hand tool woodworking, there are a few jigs and fixtures that are absolutely necessary to have. A few weeks ago, we talked about the importance of bench hooks in the shop. Being that bench hooks are basically just three scraps attached to each another at 90 degrees, there isn’t much skill needed to make them, at least in their simplest form. Dedicated shooting boards, on the other hand, are a bit trickier to get right, but thankfully, there are some valuable skills to be learned along the way! woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

Tools needed  woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

As you may have realized by now, it is nearly impossible to get a perfect 45-degree angled cut straight from a handsaw (or most chop saws, for that matter). Enter mitered shooting boards. You get the cut as close as you can with your handsaw, then trim it up on your shooting board with any old hand plane and you’ll have perfect picture frame 45-degree angles time and time again.  woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

LEARN HOW TO MAKE A SHOOTING BOARD

This is another jig that can be made from any old scraps, but due to some complexities within this project, it might be easiest to use dimensioned stock like I did. Above, you see most of the materials and tools necessary to complete this project.  woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

MATERIALS:

  • One board 8″ long  x 1 1/4″ wide  x  7/8″ thick
  • One board 19″ long x 4″ wide  x 7/8″ thick
  • One board 19″ long x 8″ wide x  7/8″ thick
  • One board 4 x 10 x 1 1/4″ thick (I didn’t have a scrap this thick, so I glued two identical pieces together, as seen below)  woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

Gluing two boards together  woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video

TOOLS:

  • Combination square
  • Marking knife
  • Pencil
  • Router plane
  • Wide chisel (at least 1″)
  • Mallet
  • Back saw
  • Panel saw (mine is hybrid cut, though you will be doing rip cuts with it, so if you have a rip filed panel saw, this would be a perfect use)
  • Tape Measure
  • Pencil
  • Hand plane with a straight ground blade (no camber)  woodworking tips and tricks for beginners woodworking tips video
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