12 Tips to Improve Shooting You Have To Know

3. DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT SHOOTING UNLESS YOUR BLADE IS WICKED SHARP.

A dull blade will make you work harder and less accurately, while the effect of nicks in the blade edge will be obvious on the end grain of the work piece. Choose your steel, A-1 for endurance or O-1 for keenness and ease of sharpening, but get it sharp. It’s an easy edge to make – straight across, no camber. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

4. FORGET THE REGULAR HANDLES ON THE PLANE.

Wrap your hand around the sidewall near the mouth and bring your fingers firmly down onto the lever cap. This will allow you to control the bearing of the plane on both the guide edge and the track, and to feel the cutting action. I’ve actually removed the wooden handles from my #9 and replaced them with the “hot dog” handle seen in the photos. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

UHMW slick grip

5. APPLY “UHMW” SLICK TAPE WITH PRESSURE SENSITIVE ADHESIVE TO THE TRACK ON WHICH THE SIDE OF THE PLANE RIDES.

This is an easy and inexpensive upgrade that will make the plane glide marvelously, improving the ease and accuracy of your work. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

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6. IT’S OK TO ATTACH THE FENCE WITH SCREWS.

It is elegant to make a precise dado in which to set the fence, but it’s more hassle and it won’t enhance the functionality of the shooting board. Furthermore, the screw attachment allows a bit of tweaking of the angle before you sock them down tight. woodworking tips and techniques woodworking woodworking tips and tricks for beginners

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