How to Make a RAMPED SHOOTING BOARD for Woodworking

How to Make a RAMPED SHOOTING BOARD for Woodworking

In this video, I re-think the traditional shooting board design and create a new ramped version that has many benefits! This is how I made it…


๐Ÿ‘‰Bosch GKT55 GCE Plunge Saw Review


๐Ÿ”ธ Ramped Shooting Board Plans – Matt Estlea
๐Ÿ”ธ Veritas Shooting Plane

๐Ÿš€ Purchasing and Using Tools Correctly

Hand Tools

๐ŸŽ How To Make a Dovetailed Box:

The Dovetail Box

๐Ÿ›  How To Make a Cabinet:

The Cabinet

๐Ÿงฐ How To Make a Toolbox:

The Toolbox

โœ๏ธ How To Design Furniture

The SketchUp Series


๐Ÿ’ช Become a Patron – Donate a Regular Amount of Your Choice
๐Ÿ‘• Purchase Merchandise – Premium Materials, Quality Design.
๐ŸŽ Wishlist – Help us Purchase New Equipment & Resources!
๐Ÿบ Send a Tip – Quick, Easy, and Massively Appreciated!

๐Ÿ“˜ Collins Complete Woodworkers Manual
๐Ÿ“– Workbenches: Design & Theory to Construction & Use
๐Ÿ“š The Overstory – My Favourite Fiction Books about Trees

๐Ÿ› ๏ธ Knew Concepts Fret Saw
โฌœ๏ธ Faithfull Engineers Squares
โš™๏ธ Veritas Wheel Marking Gauge
๐Ÿ—ก Precision Marking Knife
๐ŸŽฅ Lumix S1H Mirrorless Camera

๐Ÿ” See EVERYTHING I Recommend HERE:


๐ŸŸช Instagram:
๐ŸŸฆ Facebook:
โฌœ๏ธ Twitter:
๐ŸŸง Patreon:
๐ŸŸฅ Pinterest:

๐ŸŒ My Website / Blog:
๐Ÿ’Œ Monthly Newsletter:

๐Ÿ•ต๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธ WHO AM I?:
My name is Matt Estlea and Iโ€™m a Woodworker from Basingstoke, England. My aim is to make your woodworking less s***.

I come from 5 years of TRAINING at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, 5 years of experience WORKING at Axminster Tools and Machinery in Basingstoke, and 3 years TEACHING both day classes and evening classes at Rycotewood Furniture Centre. All while trying to get this YouTube thing off the ground.

By September 2021, I packed it all in to focus on YouTube and my business full-time.

Want to know more about how I crammed all this experience into such a short period of time? See my experience and qualifications here:


While I take time to read every single message I receive whether it’s emailed, DMed or asked publicly on social media, sadly I do not have time to reply to everything. If you have a short message youโ€™d like to send, itโ€™s best to send me a message on Twitter.
๐Ÿฃ Tweet me here:

For longer messages, please drop me a message via the contact page on my website.
๐Ÿ“จ Leave Me a Message Here:


PS: Some of the links in this description are affiliate links that I get a lilโ€™ commission from recommending at no extra cost to you. If youโ€™d like to know more about how this works, and what businesses I work with, please read my affiliate disclaimer here:

๐Ÿ˜‘ Affiliate Disclaimer:


  1. Joschmoyo on May 26, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Shooting boards are a relic of high school woodworking class rooms.
    If you have a table/. panel saw or even a decent compound chop saw, they are a redundant waste of time. In fourty years of full time professional woodworking I have never used one.
    I do use a low angle Clifton shoulder rebate plane for fine trimming tenon shoulders.
    That’s a good honest tool everyone should have.
    You rarely if ever need the end of a piece of timber to be finish planed, just accurately cut square and to final length. Most end grain finish planing is done after assembly.

  2. Hacker_LYX on May 26, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    I don’t know what it is, but when I’m watching one of your videos, my room starts to smell like a woodshop. Might be the desk I made back in highschool 10 years ago taunting me to get back to it… maybe as a hobby.

    Naw pretty sure I just associate the sound of saws and tools with woodworking, and part of that memory is the smell.

  3. Steven Marston on May 26, 2022 at 8:18 pm

    I was considering purchasing your metric plans, more so just to help a young man out, but your reference to Americans and Old Timers needing to get out of the stone age offends me. Who do you think taught your youth most of what you all know?

  4. Tim of free thought on May 26, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    The girls here think you need a haircut , great explication though !

  5. ะ’ะฐะดะธะผ ะ‘ะตะปั‹ะน on May 26, 2022 at 8:21 pm


  6. Simon Black on May 26, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    How did you get your laser on the Bosch Glide set up correctly? Mine is completely off.

  7. anusficker 5000 on May 26, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    the only problem of planing the face of plywood is that the plywood can warp because plies are missing

  8. rogwabbit on May 26, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    If you oversize and or offset one of the top or bottom of the 3 board glue ups. You can use that outer edge as a guide on a table saw to make it square. It leaves a flat and available reference on one side to run against the fence. Just thought I would throw that tip here.

  9. Brian Thorstad on May 26, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Milling your $400 plane to fit the jig is NEXT LEVEL.

    That said, this is a very usable project for normal humans.

    I do intent to attend the ME school; and pay my way as Patrean Brian.

  10. Ioannis Lathyris on May 26, 2022 at 8:24 pm

    it is always nice to see people with your motivation..keep going๐Ÿค˜ ..when and where your online school is going to start? let me please know it. thank you .

  11. Peter Bentley on May 26, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    nice job – cool gadget that

  12. Psi Clops on May 26, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    Interesting. I can’t afford a shooting plane and track, so I was thinking how to make an attachment for my no. 4 that would make it like a specialized shooting plane. I was thinking about a bed that would tilt the plane to get the skew angle and also have a handle that made it usable when laid on it’s side. I figured I could attach it by removing the knob and tote and screwing into the holes for them. This makes sense to take care if the skewed iron angle and then all I have to do is the handle.

  13. pleappleappleap on May 26, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    If you have a jointer, why do you need a shooting board?

  14. Mark Smith on May 26, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I have pretty much just found your channel and am enjoying your content. The video I watched before this one was the Surrey Timbers trip, which led me to view their website. I was surprised to see they sold a Matt Estlea kit, and your explanation at the end now makes sense.

    Itโ€™s my birthday in March, I will be asking for the cabinet kit and taking up your lessons ๐Ÿ˜


  15. alpha numeric on May 26, 2022 at 8:31 pm

    Awesome music as always.

  16. Gary Lake on May 26, 2022 at 8:32 pm

    Good video. Where do get all the money for your expensive equipment? No way do you make enough money doing woodwork to afford it.

    I have been waiting most my life to get that nice woodworking equipment (oh wait, I’m married with kids).
    You do excellent work. Only wish I could 20% as good as you.

  17. AFGautonompunk on May 26, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    14:08 45 mm ?

  18. Howard Swing on May 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm


  19. Jeremy McClanahan on May 26, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    I know there are a lot of good idea fairies, but what if you hinged the ramp that the plane rides on to accommodate for wider/thicker pieces that you want to shoot?

  20. Matt Estlea on May 26, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    Get the *PLANS* for the Shooting Board Here:

    *Package Includes:*
    – Comprehensive Working Drawings
    – Construction Notes
    – Cutting List
    – 3D SketchUp Model

  21. Toby Montana on May 26, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    The moment you milled your plane i thaought "fine no ohne could build this" but then it comes in my mind…there is a guy who made a great shootingboard for his needs and what could i say *applause* i love the finished product and by the way great Video
    Will take a peek into your school

  22. Paul Acreman on May 26, 2022 at 8:35 pm

    brilliant video as usual

  23. David Mulder on May 26, 2022 at 8:36 pm

    This video is pure bliss!

  24. Dimitri on May 26, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Yes, let’s make awkward angles and hope they match along the length… Why not make the base and fence at a true and simple 90 degrees, and have the lot on a 5 degree angle?

    Why glue something that wears over time into the structure? ..And the flexibility of the non-friction material combined with a cambered groove would have saved sacrilegious abuse to a perfectly crafted tool to hold a snug hug..

    …and yes, as you demonstrated, the shavings come nowhere near the ‘intentional’ groove, they "exit: stage right".. need for an exposed and unsupported right angle with a gap (closed right angle = more hold = less tear).

  25. Dennis Dickson on May 26, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    Wouldnโ€™t it be easier to shim the axis that the plane operates on? With the shim it will use the bottom part of the cutter, remove the shim and it cuts with the top part of the cutter blade.

    Love your channel ๐Ÿ‘

  26. Vadim Izumov on May 26, 2022 at 8:40 pm

    So big investment, but you can do shooting only 90 degree what about 45 degree ?

  27. Richard Pedurand on May 26, 2022 at 8:40 pm


  28. lloyd davies on May 26, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    45mm overall ๐Ÿ˜‰

  29. Tom Ruetz on May 26, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Are you kidding. This is the definition of over engineering

  30. Brian Jones on May 26, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    "I just bought a milling machine". I thought ‘pfffft’. Then two seconds later … why don’t I have one?

  31. Joe Walsh on May 26, 2022 at 8:43 pm

    Brilliant! No messing about, and a genius communicator. I’ll never make one of those, but I loved the video! (Maybe after a few of your courses I will have a need for a shooting board?? I need to be able to screw things together first lol!

  32. Intrepidus on May 26, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    I get it, but really this seems like maybe it’s a solution in search of a problem. All of this in order to squeeze another 30% (?) of use out of your plane between sharpening? It’s not that hard to sharpen a plane blade. And I think the limitations on the how wide your board can be probably offsets the benefits. JMHO – well executed though and it does give me some ideas for other modifications to the shooting board. I’m thinking a compound shooting board with an adjustable fence and an adjustable workpiece table might be clever and could make use of some of these concepts.

  33. Michael Trueblood on May 26, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Good grief. Get a haircut. Very nice presentation. Thank you. Your videos are always informative and well done.

  34. AJHyland63 on May 26, 2022 at 8:54 pm

    Are you sure of your maths? 3 lots of 15mm plywood stacked would be 45mm thick here in Australia, not 35mm.

  35. Lincoln Dickerson on May 26, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Okay, first the angled shooting board is genius. Second as I am watching this and I am thinking, okay I dont have this or that then I get to the milling machine part literally laugh out load and say to myself, โ€œI am going to find a hobbiest way to do this with a number 5 1/2 plane.โ€ Thanks for the challenge, Iโ€™ll be back once the new shooting board hits the top of my stack. I am thoroughly impressed with all you do and share. Please never stop.

  36. TootEmCarMan on May 26, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    Great vid but you maths is a bit off. 3 x 15mm boards = 45mm, not 35mm. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  37. Yang Ji on May 26, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Great idea. I will experiement with a ramp on the plane side and see if it works as good.

  38. Made In Yorkshire on May 26, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Great plan and video. Quick question on the track sat setup you used here. How did you keep the track saw perpendicular to the row of bench dogs? The track doesn’t appear to be held or fastened in the video.

  39. HonoredMule on May 26, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Seems a shame to go to all that work of making a nice angled shooting board and not just make it angle-adjustable with some hinge strip and a movable foot.

  40. Billy Blackie on May 26, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Great shooting board good luck to you

  41. Theo Rouers - Solar E-Bike Touring Europe on May 26, 2022 at 8:57 pm


  42. Everyman Builds on May 26, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    16:04 possibly my favourite thing you’ve ever done and exactly what goes through my head whenever I’m talking about particular tools.

  43. David Bailey on May 26, 2022 at 8:58 pm

    Congrats Matt, you have made the sexiest shooting board on the planet! Well done!

  44. dave r on May 26, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    OMG thatโ€™s gorgeous!

  45. Philip Whichard on May 26, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    I can see why the ramped shooting board improves the the efficiency and performance of a standard plane, but not the true shooting plane. The angle of attack to the wood with the shooting plane is decreased rather than increased.

  46. Steven Larsen on May 26, 2022 at 9:04 pm

    On my shooting board I use that tip you you gave on chisels. I/2 of 1/2. Especially on 45 deg miters. I set my blade on the plane to a minimum. Again a very well done video. Thank you!

  47. HAZEYDAZE on May 26, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    3×15=35 "No it’s not" Did you make that mistake so people would comment, if you did kudo’s to you! I’m Hazeydaze and i make stuff too. Peace! p.s 3×15=45 lol

  48. Antonio Bonomo on May 26, 2022 at 9:07 pm

    Brilliant! One could create a groove on the top of the base support (the flat support under the ramp), near the back of it (near the widest end), using a router, for example. and then cut a groove in the underside of the top piece, and create some pieces to fit in between (like a runner, that would slot into place), to be able to set the ramp at different heights, if one wanted to make it adjustable. If so, one could have a higher angle for short pieces, and a narrow angle for thicker and/or wider pieces. The ‘runner’ would need an angle to have it sit flush, but it would not be impossible to figure out. One may decide it is too much of a fuss, and not necessary, but the idea came to me, so I’m here, sharing it. Cheers

  49. scott callan on May 26, 2022 at 9:09 pm

    As a longtime woodworker I really enjoy your approach and success in your woodworking. I watch you constantly and learn more than I thought my years would allow, many thanks

  50. Mathijs Vervloed on May 26, 2022 at 9:10 pm