I made a shooting board based on the one Paul Sellers made on his channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ypbvcxb-8M). The main difference is Paul Sellers’ shooting board uses wedges as the blocking pieces, mine are simply friction fit. This woodworking project is great for anyone who’s trying to get into hand tool woodworking, but are a little intimidated by complex joinery. Project 17.
I wasn’t convinced that a shooting board needs to have wedges the way Paul Sellers uses them. The friction fit of the shooting board is tight enough to grip the blocking pieces so it doesn’t move but not so tight that I have to bang on it to get it to move. So time should tell, I put my shooting board design against that of Paul Sellers.
Also, Paul Sellers’ shooting board had 2 miter angles; I don’t particularly care to make fancy molding, so 1 miter angle is enough for me.
Also, Paul Sellers’ shooting board stands more proud than mine, the blocking pieces on his shooting board is taller. The shorter blocking pieces work for me because I like working with thinner material. But a hand held piece was suffice to prevent splintering on the shooting board by bracing any unsupported fibers higher than my blocking pieces.
I made the shooting board from mahogany I bought at a box store, scrap oak from a recently torn down house that was over 100 years old, and a piece of pine that was a part of an ottoman for probably 40 years. The idea is to use seasoned wood to minimize future movement. Although some movement is expected, it should be less than the pine version that Paul Sellers shooting board.
John Z Zhu
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