Ramped shooting board?

I don’t need no stinkin’ badge ramp!

Ok, not really.  I still want to build one, but I saw this clever trick in Wood Magazine this month.  Putting a small piece of scrap under the edge of the piece you’re shooting creates a ramp and moves the area of blade wear. (see arrow in picture)

This is a great excuse to continue to postpone building the ramped version.  ;o)

Then I made a walnut sandwich.  Ok, not really that either.  I trimmed up the cabinet dividers on the band saw.  Then I cleaned them up with a rasp and a little sandpaper.

The curves will allow a little bit easier access to the cubbies.

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3 Responses to Ramped shooting board?

  1. Don says:

    It's a good idea, but I made mine initially with a ramp built in. I've since learned that there is little need for it. Unless the ramp is incredibly inclined, and the board is wide, the full iron won't be used anyway. Just one persons opinion.

  2. Yup! I was thinking I'd make a shooter for wider boards with a longer ramp. Maybe up to 20 inches wide. That would angle some of my wider boards.Guessing I need to make some nicely squared up "scraps" for my smaller shooting board so I don't get things out of square.

  3. If you're working end grain, you can get more bang for the buck simply wetting the end grain a little, than making a big ramp.

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