Making square edges on my smaller pieces

I was really struggling with this mostly because I couldn’t figure out how to hold the work while planing the work.  Then I remember this:

This is a photo of Chris showing us how to shoot an edge on the bench .. apparently a french method for getting square edges on their boards.  Its also a classic picture of Chris hammin’ for the camera.

I wasn’t really wanting to rub my big No. 6 that I use for shooting across my bench top, so I decided to make a longer shooting board. It’s made of 3/4 inch baltic birch plywood with a maple stop.  Oh and I put wide Nylo-Tape Friction Free Drawer Slide Tape in the slot where the plane rides.

And wa la square edges!!

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7 Responses to Making square edges on my smaller pieces

  1. Jay C. White Cloud says:

    Asian method, not French, by about…maybe by half a millennium. 🙂

  2. billlattpa says:

    Did you use plywood to make your shooting board? I don’t use one often, the last one I had I cobbled together from some pretty chewed up scrap and sent it on it’s way when I was finished. I have two bench hooks, one from oak and one from plywood, I have to admit I like the ply better. Do you have any preferences?

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