Looking back over my projects from years ago, I am somewhat ashamed of the quality of work I was producing. It wasn’t that my builds sucked entirely -- they just lacked the precision and perfection that comes from hand tool woodworking.
I decided that this shame was enough to make me change my ways. I have made it a point to learn more hand tool woodworking and really master these core skills. In this, I discovered the importance of using a woodworking shooting board: the board decided to cut perfect miters with a hand plane. So once I saw how many of the pros out there utilize this jig, I knew I had to have one or two for myself. Craftmanship matters, after all.
So, I decided to build was two shooting boards that would provide 3 functions:
In the end, I ended up with two shooting boards that now allow me to focus on the precision of my trade and I couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out. You can check out my video on making woodworking shooting boards below, or I’ve shared step-by-step instructions for my woodworking shooting board plans below. Take a look!
For your square joint and standard miter board, you’ll want to start by cutting out your cleats. These cleats hold the feet in place and provide stability. Cut the narrow cleat on a table saw and repeat on the far end of the opposite side.
For your small panel glue-up shooting board, create a base piece and a wooden overlay with a 45-degree angle on the end. This does not require the cutting of a cleat.
For your square joint and standard miter board, add in the foot with CA Glue and activator. Check to make sure this is perfectly square. If so, screw it into the base.
On your small panel glue-up shooting board, drill holes in the overly and screw it down, adding an adjacent foot for cutting your angles. Secure the adjacent foot from the reverse side of the board.
Once all is secured, check it for square once more and ensure your feet are flush to the bases. And boo, there you have it -- two perfect woodworking shooting boards!
If you liked this project, be sure to check out some of my other shop builds:
Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.