Build A Shooting Board – For Your Block Plane (WOW)

Build A Shooting Board – For Your Block Plane (WOW)

Build a shooting board for your block plane. In this video Rob Cosman shows you how to build a mini shooting board for your block plane. A great compliment to a full size shooting board but for those tiny pieces of wood. A perfect shooting board for box makers.

00:00 Overview
01:44 Design & Parts
04:45 Preparing the Parts
08:41 Why a Crown Design
10:10 Making the Rabbet for the Plane
11:14 Base Glue-up
16:33 Trimming up the shooting Board
18:10 Attaching the Fence
23:26 Attaching the Cleat
27:53 Screwing Down the Fence
30:53 Easing the Corners & Finishing
32:15 Testing the Shooting Board
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  1. Wrstew on January 18, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    A “scrap of Bubinga” he sez. Got pine or oak here! Wish foreign wood was not exorbitant in price. I know that you have left overs from making tools though. Would use it if I had the luxury for sure

  2. Zunar Zulfiqar on January 18, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    What plane brand was that? They looked very high quality.

  3. John Hennink on January 18, 2022 at 10:46 pm

    What would you recommend if going to buy two planes?

  4. Greg Mislick on January 18, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Oh, I need one of these! Thanks Rob and Happy New Year!

  5. Walter on January 18, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    That suggestion/trick about cupping the board is solid gold. Thanks Rob!

  6. GlazserBozso on January 18, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    17:21 are we supposed to make a cut using the fence and a mitter gauge together or it’s only for masters…?

  7. bekanav on January 18, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    Why all Americans call it "Russian birch" (plywood) or "Baltic birch" when practically all high quality stuff is from Scandinavia or at least it was for decades, I guess mainly from Finland. Even that one which possibly came from Russia were collaborated with big Finnish forest companies and Finnish equipment/factories. I’ve never seen or even heard original Russian made high quality birch plywood not more than high quality Russian tools or cars etc.

  8. Diane Miller on January 18, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    Thank you. Was that hockey tape on the clamp handles?! Great tip to use the scraper to spread the glue. Inspired to make this now.

  9. Mister Fee on January 18, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    that square aint square no moe! lol kidding but i did cringe a lil cuz im so delicate with my squares

  10. Arie Al-Amin on January 18, 2022 at 11:00 pm

    Well done
    Yea, I also LOVE woodworking so much from


  11. Tom Satterlee on January 18, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Nice job on the miniature board and since I am new to your site what can you tell me about your shop apron. Looks good

  12. Pong Zyo on January 18, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    I love your channel, admire your skill, and your generosity to share it all with us. Thank you. Really.

    However, as an educator, why not put a blade guard on your table saw? I know a couple people myself who would have saved themselves some trouble had they left theirs on. Apologies if you’ve addressed this already or if I’m mistaken to believe that it’s way safer to use a guard.

  13. Waratah David on January 18, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Your instruction, presentation and experience is top shelf. Lovely lighting, great teamwork with camera person.

    I can and do watch your videos intently.


    100% when you "find" metrification! 😀

  14. Basel Tashkandi on January 18, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Much appreciated the teaching. It is very informative for me.

  15. Vincent Faure on January 18, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    clamps on a precision square does not seem like a very good habit to take…

  16. Remodeling with Ashleys on January 18, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    What planes do you prefer for your shooting boards and why? Is there a particular reason you don’t use the Lie-Nielsen shooting plane? Really appreciate your time and knowledge.

  17. Jeff Lavenau on January 18, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    which skew block is that? It doesn’t look like the Lie Nielsen 140 (which are hard to get!)

  18. Rick McCaskill on January 18, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Rob what do think of the ramp shooting board, Do you think it is needed. Thank you.

  19. Jay Piso on January 18, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Rob Cosm… Haha those hand stamp brands are a PITA. I find hittin the tip with a propane torch to get it hotter provides better results as I can just hit the surface with the brand for a hot second and pull off… Having to hold it down for however long always gave me sub par results.
    Thanks for all the knowledge you share, Rob.
    Ps. I appreciate your attention to the minutia… It counts in woodworking and shines in jig making. Cheers

  20. samiches2008 on January 18, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Am I the only one who developed an eye-tick from that one shaving sticking out of the throat of the block plane until 32:25 when he cleaned it off? I let out a nice little sigh when he removed it. 🙂 I was surprised Rob left it in there because he usually clears out the shavings after each pass.

    Also, whenever possible, I will use a dado or rabbet on a jig that requires an accurate 90° angle. I do this because my table-saw sled is dialed in to within 0.001" accuracy over 12". Even though I use machinist’s squares for most everything I do, I don’t think I trust my square or my setup using the square as much as I trust my sled. Over the years, I’m sure my squares have been dropped a few times.

  21. George Sagen on January 18, 2022 at 11:11 pm

    Clamp the plane to the board, clamp the square to the plane, clamp the stop to the square…I’m asking all relatives and friends from now on to just give me clamps for Christmas, Father’s Day, and birthday for the rest of my life.

  22. on January 18, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Here is another project you might like:

  23. goodie7415 on January 18, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    Excellent video, I have paid thousands of dollars for machines that have not helped my woodworking as much as learning to use a shooting board. What happened with the branding iron?

  24. rkalle66 on January 18, 2022 at 11:15 pm

    The rabbet at 10:10 is not really neccessary. The rabbet is coming just by using the shooting board the first time.

  25. Pavel Sadowsky on January 18, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Amazing how many details to consider for this seemingly simple thing

  26. Franco Nardelli on January 18, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks for an excelente video! I have a block plane that has one side slighlty off angle (the one on the right it would lay on) is there a way around that or should I use it on the left side instead? Unfortunatelly, buying a New, better one is not an option right now..

  27. John Tailing on January 18, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Another little project, along with another masterclass! ‘Just what I need, , , It’s what lock downs were made for, thanks Rob.

  28. 631athome on January 18, 2022 at 11:21 pm

    I see you used te table saw fence in conjunction with the miter I am curious as to why

  29. Clive Chapman on January 18, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks very much Rob! I am thoroughly enjoying your videos and your instructional manner. Looking to retire in the next year or so and this is something that I could definitely see myself doing. Also, as a veteran myself I congratulate you on your Purple Heart Project and all that you are doing.

  30. Ron Mulberry on January 18, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Great project Rob! I am very curious about the tape that you have on the handles of all of your clamps and many other tools. It appears to be athletic tape or something similar. I would love to know the method you use when wrapping them that results in the raised rib that spirals around the handle..

  31. Bill Conz on January 18, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you for the purple heart project

  32. Steve Bosun on January 18, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Rob, a check with a square on the shot piece would have verified the squareness of the fence.

  33. Николай Потужный on January 18, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    Очень полезный ролик, спасибо Вам!

  34. Jeff Griffiths on January 18, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Thanks for ALL the content. It’s been a huge help as I’ve started to take my woodworking more seriously. I have two different sized shooting boards and a bench hook based on your plans. However, I’m struggling with getting my case mitres to close perfectly off my tablesaw even with a mitre sled and a digital gauge. Do you have any thoughts or plans for a case mitre shooting board for small to mid-sized parts (ie. for decorative boxes)?

  35. Grant Kaiser on January 18, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    Great work and great teaching. Once these kids are tucked in I’ll be starting one in my shop.

  36. david bailey on January 18, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    6 clamps to make sure the fence is glued and screwed square. Only Rob! I love the extra work you do for precision on projects like these! Thx for another great video.

  37. Eric Barry on January 18, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Hi rob! Got that trend stone for Christmas! Now that I have that, do you have a recommendation for alternatives to your Shapton polishing stone? I’m saving for shaptons, but am looking for something in the mean time. Thanks!

  38. Little Gray on January 18, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    I am in complete agreement that everyone should have a router plane in their workshop. I love playing with my Hag’s Tooth.

  39. Ron H on January 18, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Good video Rob. Do you think an MDF base would be durable enough for a Lie Nielsen #51 shooting plane or should I use something else for the base? Thanks for your time.

  40. lollandz on January 18, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    Amazing accuracy

  41. Mark Buerger - Black Bandit on January 18, 2022 at 11:35 pm

    What is the spray finish you were going to use?

  42. J.P. Fitting on January 18, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    I just use a 1 " drywall screw slowly, partially screwed as pre drill, eye ball the bits that aren’t show.. i don’t have all day and its a shooting board , I’m not operating on the Prime Ministers brain! haha
    Then again, I don’t have my own YouTube Show or packed shop classes and wouldn’t describe myself as a master!
    Like to hire you to build the wooden console holder for a beautiful Rupert Neve board

  43. Darin on January 18, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    cool, thanks

  44. Stephen Cook on January 18, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    I’ve never had a shooting board, and I’m 73. On the other hand I’m not great at accurate woodwork. Now I have a few jobs coming up where I can see it being useful, so guess what I’m going to do. Love your video.

  45. Thomas Russell on January 18, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    Nice mini-shooter. Looks great and functional too. Now I gotta go build another tool for the workshop. I swear, if I keep watching YT, I’m going to have to build an addition onto the shop for tool storage. Hahaha!😆

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  47. John Root on January 18, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks Rob, Jake, and crew. I was watching a video of yours from earlier in the year, and you could really hear the problems with your lungs. I know it was difficult at times, thank you! By the way, I formerly used a wrapping, similar to you hockey tape wrap, without the twist, on the handles of my tennis racquets (then they were for sweat, now I add your twist for my arthritis). Great idea, and it helps a lot.

  48. Val Rod on January 18, 2022 at 11:42 pm

    Nicely done. Love you attention to detail!

  49. Peco Simplu on January 18, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    I decided to make a shooting board so thanks a lot.
    What do you think about making a dado in that bord for the fence sit into?

  50. Mark Sexton on January 18, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Curious, the size of the rabbit on the top board…? And do you hold the fence back to the edge of the rabbit, or a little further…?