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Advances in a ramped shooting board



I was asked to build a ramped shooting board for client in the USA, so I built two to choose from.



Both boards use Jarrah as the primary wood and Tasmanian Oak as the secondary wood.

These boards have a few small improvements over previous ramped shooting boards. The fence continues with micro-adjustability, but now it also has a sliding secondary fence that may be used when worn. The rear of the fence is no longer square but rounded to prevent breakout.


The ramp angle is 4 degrees.

Here is board #1:



And a close up of the fence. Not the adjustment knob in Elm.



Board #2:



And its fence:



A close up of the rounded section of the fence:



And what happens when the fence is square:



There is a mitre fence for each.


The mitre fence is attached at the rear with a bolt. Standard hex key needed - same as for square fence sub fence.

 

This method allows you to use the fine adjustment on the mitre fence as well as the main fence.

 



Why microadjustability and not a fixed fence? The adjustment allows not only for fine tuning of the fence, which is necessary after the board becomes worn and is re-planed, but it also permits one to do away with shims. The adjustment is 1/8" each way.

The breakdown ...



Close up of fixed side. Note that this fit is very tight. There is no play at all. I cut a groove for a bladed screwdriver so that the bolt may be inserted and removed.



Close up of the adjustable side. Note that there is 1/8" movement to front and rear.



All bolts are held by nuts recessed and epoxied in place on the other side.



And a breakdown of making the adjustment knob prior to shaping with rasps.


For recognition, I added an Australian $1 coin (I think that they are bronze). It is dated 2008.

 



One last picture. I always wanted to post this .. a shooting board shooting a shooting board


Derek Cohen

Perth Australia

July 2008