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.
I really love the shorting board. I tried making my own but could not get perfectly square ends on my boards. So I ordered one from Rob and it works great. After comparing the one I made to Rob's I don't think mine was parallel to the plane. Thanks Rob awesome shooting board.
Squaring up boards is a breeze with this shooting board. I made one of my own before I bought this, and there is NO comparison. Robs shooting board is dead on square.
Love it. It has made my planing work much more precise. Having a left handed shooting board facilitates my work
I love this shooting board. I have a terrible time getting my work squared. I’m retired and a novice. This shooting board helps me square things up that I just couldn’t do before. Plus this board is built like a tank and looks like a Cadillac. You won’t be disappointed if you buy one of these. If your a professional you might come close to building your own. Otherwise just buy this one.
Overall it is an excellent purchase. Well-made, dead square, and nicely finished. it feels good in the hands and using it is a pleasure. the track for the plane is adequate for my 5 1/2 but it could use a little more space. I purchased this shooting board to free up some space on my bench to allow my grandson and i to work together as i teach him the fundamentals. i am very pleased with this purchase.