The top two photos
shows a trying plane used on its side on a 6 foot
long shooting board to join two pieces of silky
oak (lacewood) 6 feet long and 3/4" thick.
The handle looks awkward but is very useful to
help push the plane along. This hand grip is very
comfortable. The trying plane is very successful
for jointing boards up to 6 foot long on a
shooting board. For joining longer boards there
will be more skill involved and a longer jointer
plane may be required.
A well made shooting board will save you many
hours every time you join several long boards
Besides plane making I also make my own furniture
and I can safely say I wish I had a
shooting board 20 years ago.
Note the board being joined is hanging over
the end of
the shooting board, and the other end
is the opposite,
to allow a short run up for the
plane to start the cut.
This photo is an action shot showing how easy
it is to
walk along beside the bench to achieve
the joint. With a shooting board you only need to
concentrate on holding the plane firmly again the
edge, and the plane and shooting board will get
the edge straight and at 90 degrees for that
elusive perfect joint.
The finished product. A no gaps joint with a
resultant flat surface.
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