The Shooting Board – Must Have Shop Jig

The Shooting Board – Must Have Shop Jig

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In this weeks woodworking skill builder we talk about the shooting board. I walk you through how I make an easy simple version that will get your pieces square. There’s lots of other types of shooting boards but this version is essentially the crosscut sled of the hand tool world. Let me know in the comments what joint you’d like to see next week. Thanks for watching! Please like, comment and subscribe. Cheers!
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  1. michael grova on February 7, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    I won’t lie I have to admit I completely judged this book by the cover. Didn’t think you would have a cannon on ya. Color me impressed sir.

  2. Jeremy West on February 7, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Doesn’t the hand plane blade catch the edge of the shooting board platform and the backstop board at least for the first few passes?

  3. Rob Sandstrom on February 7, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    thanks for the information – recently started using my hand planes more. May be a crazy simple question, but it would seem like the plane would shave your reference board, i.e. the board that your target board is sitting on. How do you avoid this, do you have to make your reference board lower than where the edge of you plane blade comes through the plate. If so, does this require a shooting board be designed based on a specific plane geometry/ Sorry if this is obvious to everyone else, not obvious to me – thought I would ask. It also gives you another comment for your YouTube algo.

  4. macadamia9 on February 7, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    So, if a dado is a "trench" in the wood going across the grain and a groove is a "trench" in the wood going with the grain, what do you call a "trench" in MDF?

  5. Keith Kling on February 7, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    What keeps the plane from planing away the shooting board?

  6. Roman Lopina on February 7, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    Is there a way to do this without using a dado blade set on the table saw? My table saw is dead.

  7. cole3823 on February 7, 2022 at 10:19 pm

    so this may be a dumb question, but if I had a table saw to make this why would i need a shooting board? won’t a table saw make perfect cuts?

  8. 3x3Custom - Tamar on February 7, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I was literally just making a shooting board! And I was doing it this way without glueing in the fence. I like the tip about chamfering the edges to make it easier to go on!

  9. Joe Basement Woodworking & DIY on February 7, 2022 at 10:21 pm

    I’ll be honest I’ve been with working for a little over seven years now and I have never made a shooting board after seeing this I think it’s something I could have used 1000xs by now so this is a must have in my shop. Idk what took me so damn long haha! O and nice shot!;) #tapeballchamp

  10. Frank Rodriguez on February 7, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Can’t wait for your next video cause I need to learn how to saw straight. Awesome jig can’t wait to build. Thanks

  11. Steve on February 7, 2022 at 10:23 pm

    Great. Thanks. Straight forward but with removable fence, exactly what I was looking for. Gonna cook your finish recipe as well and give it a try while I’m at it.

  12. Steve Dawson on February 7, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Well when I see you throwing things into a trash can, I quit watching.

  13. Fred McIntyre on February 7, 2022 at 10:25 pm


  14. Chuck Holton on February 7, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    Is this a shooting board video or a Katz-Moses saw stop sales video? HaHa! You rock Jonathan!

  15. George Lionon on February 7, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    I simply glued scrap woods together, I see no issue with this is extremely simple variation. I don’t see how it should get non-square. Only difference tough I don’t know if required, but I thought it was a good idea to make the grain of the shooting board (base and fence) go with the planer, so when I hit it’s edge on accident, it doesn’t chip.

  16. jtreg on February 7, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Such a richard.

  17. Mark Hughes on February 7, 2022 at 10:28 pm

    Great video, but many of us hobbyists are not blessed with a workshop full of power tools. So here’s a challenge for you: How about showing us how to make something like this using only hand tools?

  18. Yang Ji on February 7, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    Great sport if you have a dog.

  19. Nico Bogaard on February 7, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Nice, functional and all of that. Only… it is ‘premier league’. Dado stacks, expensive and almost limited to de good old US of A or machines you will hardly find in a hobbyist shop. Pulling out a ‘piece of cherry’ yeah right, thats my wood budget for half a year. So nice vid, like to have this board but not in my reach. Thanks.

  20. Carl Brothers on February 7, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Was about to ask a question but at 9:30 you answered it. I have the beeswax to make a lot of this, just need the food safe mineral oil to do it.

  21. Glenn Dornak on February 7, 2022 at 10:35 pm

    When using a shooting board, can you use a #4 plane or you need to use a low angle jack plane?

  22. Vincent Sanders on February 7, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Thanks for sharing. How does your reference surface stay perfect when you plane?

  23. Clate Childers on February 7, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    I don’t understand how you just shoot the piece your working on and not be planing the side of your jig down? I have never used a shooting board before so I might be missing something.😁 Thanks!

  24. Bruce Evans on February 7, 2022 at 10:38 pm

    Please cool it with the background music. It is too loud and quite annoying.

  25. Chicken Dinnerz on February 7, 2022 at 10:39 pm

    Great video. Do you have any advice for making this without mechanical saws? I don’t have the space/money for a table/mitre saw so would love a shooting board to help with sawing. Just wondering how to set it all up nice and true. Many thanks

  26. 07 Roadking on February 7, 2022 at 10:40 pm

    What about getting chip out on the back ? For some darn reason i keep getting chipout ??

  27. Damien AM on February 7, 2022 at 10:41 pm

    would I be able to use a shooting board to plane a 30 degree bevel into small wood parts?

  28. got shpilkes on February 7, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    It’s cheating at Tapeball if you do it with a retriever.

  29. ronin4711 on February 7, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    Love your videos, they’re educational and useful with minimum time invested to build the project, that’s what I like most.
    If it’s too complicated, a lot of audience loose the interest of building it!

    I had my Shooting board accommodating my Veritas Jack plane but I installed the leading board on a piece of Plywood finished with Poly so the handplane glides easier and no wax needed.
    I also added a "guard" rail so the plane rides on its side in between without moving away from the piece.
    I thought I’ll share it with you all.

  30. Paul Bjorn on February 7, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    But i don’t have a plane….. lol

  31. Matthew Butcher on February 7, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    I think yourself and Matt Estlea should do a collaberation on something. You guys complement each others work a lot, would work well.

  32. Alex T on February 7, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Recommend an engineer’s square. Mo betta.

  33. Matt Estlea on February 7, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    Mr Cosman and myself are known for stocking up on these:

  34. Matthew Hall on February 7, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    Can I borrow your shooting board so I can make a shooting board?

  35. pt eddie on February 7, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    How about some ideas for some easy to make Christmas gifts?

  36. michael Ryan on February 7, 2022 at 10:48 pm

    Cool!…indispensable jig for zero cost….+ Lie Nielsen no. 7 plane…$425… jajaja …(serious envy) ’till then break out my little Stanley block plane. Time for a shooting board update…this was perfect-THKX!

  37. Brian Akins on February 7, 2022 at 10:51 pm

    ***raises flashlight to face*** Some say to this day he is still rubbing his hands together…

    just kidding… love the video

  38. 1959Berre on February 7, 2022 at 10:54 pm

    I just don’t understand how your plane does not cut into the shooting board also.

  39. Paisa Construction David on February 7, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    Great job, I found the removable fence quite interesting, a good idea. Do you know about the nickel trick for adding a little more more to fitting two different pieces when the angle is just a little bit off

  40. Adam Barnett on February 7, 2022 at 10:59 pm

    making this today!

  41. P0tat07 on February 7, 2022 at 11:02 pm

    Haha I had a tape ball that I made from the scotch tape from teachers desks. I didn’t steal it. I was collecting it. 😤

    This ball had to be probably 7” around. I was so proud of it. I don’t know what happened to it. 🙁

  42. Gmail Mike on February 7, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    For the channel in which the plane rides, I suggest using Slick Strip . Adhesive backed Teflon (I think). Keeps plane clean of scratches and moves like silk.

  43. Jim Smith on February 7, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    I finally got off my ass. Watched this video again then went out to the shop and built it. In no time I had one. Thank you sir.

  44. lolasuperpuppy on February 7, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Dude, the can was tilted, doesn’t count.

  45. Golden Dog Woodworks on February 7, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Is that a golden?

  46. Sargon Sajaha on February 7, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    .Have not used one before but there are two things I dont get:

    First, your planer needs to have a very precise 90 degree angle. Is this really the case? My one is timber, but ok, could by an american steel one instead of using brit version.

    Second, I have not got the measures. What I mean, you dont want to hit your shooting board with the blade in any case, right?
    So, your MDF needs to be less thick that the distance between the blade and the side of the planer, right?

    But why is your cherry part flush with the side of the MDF board? Why not recessed by 1 mill or so? You dont want to cut it.
    But if recessed by 1 mill, you risk splitting the workpiece if planing end grain. So in this case, you plane from both sides half?

  47. Jonathan Katz-Moses on February 7, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Self Proclaimed EX-tape ball champs –
    Shaun Boyd Made This –
    Chris Salomone –

  48. Stephen Heitzman on February 7, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    How do I see your other videos?

  49. Robert McEvoy on February 7, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Love your Golden Retriever best Dog in the world I have 2 great vid !

  50. tob2wood on February 7, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    great tip for the wax, thanx