I just sent my third prototype of a ramped shooting board to Ron Brese (www.breseplane.com). He has been very encouraging in e-mail exchanges over the last month about this project of mine to develop a high quality ramped shooting board with attachments for sale on my website. With the upcoming Lie-Nielson Hand Tool Event in Atlanta he’s been quite busy, but yesterday he had a chance to check it out:
“I gotta tell you I’m very impressed with this shooting board. I promptly put the 45 degree angle jig on the board (installed quite effortlessly) and made a 45 degree cut on a piece of maple and set to refine the miter cut. The plane performed so well that the shavings were coming out of the mouth of the plane polished on both sides and this piece of maple is about 7/8s thick. The board is concise and sets up quite nice to the user and the accessories bolt on and off quite easily. Of course having an 8 lb. shooting plane doesn’t hurt either.:)”
Ron will be taking my shooting board to the event May 7th and 8th at Peach Sate Lumber.
I will be getting a page on my site dedicated to the “Super Chute”, as I’ve named it. It features a runway made of three laminations of 1/4″ MDF , to ensure flatness,covered with a 1/4″ plate of UHMW for the contact surface. The bottom 3/16″ of the plane sole bears against acrylic covered with UHMW tape. The body of the ramped board is MDF veneered in maple with solid lippings. A maple cleat runs under the front edge and the whole unit is easily held between bench dogs. An advantage to the ramp, in addition to the fact that it distributes wear over the cutting edge, is that a clamp can fit unobtrusively inside the front cavity and be out of the way. This Super Chute is very well made, for precision shooting, and intended to compliment the high quality planes being made today. My “Super Chute” page will have detailed pictures, videos, and ordering information. Left-hand versions will also be available!For now please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-584-0641.
The Super Chute will be offered for $215.00, with the miter fence. The additional Donkey Ear attachment for planing in the thickness will be $45.00.
Many individuals have been helpful in my efforts here. Reading Derek Cohen’s excellent blog and Robert Wearing’s “Hand Tools for Woodworkers,” as well as personal e-mails from Ron Brese, Tom Fidgen, Rob Hanson, George Walker, Konrad Sauer, Matt Hodgson, and David Charlesworth.
Thanks to one and all.