Shooting, like most seemingly simple craft techniques, depends for its success on subtle refinements along with practical solutions. Because this is such a valuable technique, let’s take a closer look at the shooting board, tools, and methods. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking woodworking tips and tricks for beginners
CHOOSE A PLANE AND GIVE IT A RIDE
1. DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE THE PERFECT PLANE FOR SHOOTING, JUST START SHOOTING.
The common bevel-down #5 jack plane, though not ideal, will perform adequately if it is properly tuned. Set the chipbreaker close to the cutting edge to reduce blade chatter. If the sidewall is not quite square to the sole, be practical: shim it with appropriately placed blue tape. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking woodworking tips and tricks for beginners
2. SO WHAT IS THE IDEAL PLANE FOR SHOOTING?
I recommend a bevel-up plane with plenty of mass in the body and blade, such as the Lie-Nielsen #9 shown here, or the Veritas shooting plane. While such dedicated planes are great, a heavy bevel-up general bench plane such as a bevel up jack or jointer will also do very well. A block plane, though it is bevel-up, does not have enough mass for effective shooting. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking woodworking tips and tricks for beginners