Rob Cosman's Shooting Board: 18 inches
In my shop the shooting board is standard equipment. Once you learn to sharpen and use a hand plane, a good shooting board will do more to increase the accuracy of your work than any other tool or shop implement. Here is why mine works so well:
Made with an MDF base and a Baltic Birch plywood top for stability and long wearing properties.
Formed over a curved mold, the board has a subtle cup on the underside, this keeps the plane standing plumb.
Fence and cleat made from abuse-resistant and tough tropical hardwood.
Fence glued and screwed to stay secure and square.
Rabbet cut in Baltic birch to prevent plane from cutting shooting board.
Fence positioned several inches from the rear to keep plane running straight.
Available in left and right hand models.
Available in two sizes, 24" x 12" and 18" by 12".
If you prefer to buy rather than build, let us send you one that is ready to use.
This shooting board is a real gem!
Outstanding in all respects! Such simple design and materials, but exquisitely crafted. One of those, "I didn't know I needed it until I got it" woodworking tools. I'm glad I got mine from RC. He even called and left a voicemail thanking me for the purchase! What a tremendous gesture to accompany an outstanding product.
Perfect sized shooting board to use on Cosman workbench.
My impression: I could put the shooting board I received on Rob's workbench in place of his and he wouldn't notice the difference. Outstanding piece of work.
My plane blade is dull, right out of the box. So, before I can use it as designed, I will hone the edges. Thanks for asking.