This will be found of great assistance for truing up or shooting square ends and edges of wood with the trying plane, and it comes into constant employment. Its form will be seen in Fig. 51, and the construction is as simple as it looks. The wood of which it is made should be thoroughly dry, and of a kind not apt to twist or go. Good, clean pine will do very well. Three pieces will be required. The bottom one may be about 10 in. wide, and the upper one 3 in. or 4 in. less. The length must be determined by convenience, but about 2 ft. 6 in. will do very well. On the end of the upper board a cross-piece is fixed at exactly a right angle with the edge, beyond which it must not project. Inch stuff will do very well for all the pieces, the end one of which should be fastened with screws or nails. The wood which is to be shot is placed on the upper board, with one edge against the stop and the one to be planed just projecting over, so that the plane when laid on its side on the lower board can remove what is necessary. When end grain has to be trued up, it is done in the same way, the only difference being that the end of the board is presented to the plane. The trying plane is used in both cases, as its straight, flat side runs easily along the lower board. The edge of the upper one serves as a guide.
A simpler and cruder form of shooting board is shown in Fig. 52. It consists of only the board, to which the stop is fastened as before, the bench top taking the place of the lower one. To keep the board in place on the bench, a block of wood may be fastened underneath to catch against the end of the bench top. Such a bench hook is also useful when planing surfaces, especially if the bench is a rough, uneven one, as to some extent it may be used instead of the ordinary bench stop. Of whatever form the shooting board is made, all the edges should be square.
Fig. 51. - Shooting Board.
Fig. 52. - Bench Hook or Shooting Board.