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.
Perfect shooting board
I know I could've made one myself. But I'm so glad I bought one for my birthday. It is perfect. I use it every day I'm in the shop, even when the project I'm working on is predominantly power tools. I love the satisfaction of having perfectly squared ends on boards.
I have not used my new shooting board yet. As I was checking on the squareness of the fence with my Blue Spruce square, I noticed that in 6” there’s a 12 thousands gap. The hook end is 9-7/8”, and the fence end is 9-15/16”. What is the best way to true up the reference edge?
I was very impressed by the quality of this shooting board. I'd thought about making one myself, but this is an exceptional product and would blow away any attempt that I made. Many thanks to Rob Cosman for getting this to me here in the U.S. (and free shipping, too!). I really appreciated his call a couple of days before Christmas thanking me for my business. How often does that happen?!
18 in shooting board review
The build quality on Rob’s 18in Shooting Board was outstanding! It’s easy to use and, no surprise here, 90 degrees is, in fact, 90 degrees. The finish is of a high quality—enabling ease of use with my #4 plane. All and all, this a high quality tool.
18" shooting board
Still learning how to use, but love it so far