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Running Fence for the Shooting Board

The details of this article are a partial repeat of another, but here focus on the running fence I built for my ramped shooting board. Note that this project is appropriate for any shopmade shooting board. The running fence prevents any lateral movement of the shooting plane, and this increases control. Attention can now be given 100% to controlling the feed of the work piece.

The mod adds a rail, ala the Stanley #52, to prevent the plane moving away from the edge of the work piece. Shooting square edge is fairly straight forward since the main fence shares the impact and braces the work piece. However anything that is not square – such mitres and bevels, where any inaccuracy shows up as a gap in adjoining corners –creates difficulties in holding the work. It is a further complication when the plane moves away from the workpiece.

The idea is borrowed from the Stanley #52 Shooting Board. Here it is set up with the LN #51 Shooting Plane – look at the rail on the right side of the plane …

So this is my version ...

Set up with the LN #51:

Set up with the LV LAJ and hotdog handle:

It is adjustable ..

Used with a Donkey's Ear ...

A few details about the Donkey’s Ear …

Note that the fence has non-slip (salt sprinkled over varnish).

Dovetailed support at rear (for fun), and secured to the main fence with a bolt. The fence has micro-adjustability, the board has levelling feet underneath, so the Donkey's Ear is adjustable in 3 dimensions.

In use ..

I deliberately did this the long way as I was enjoying shooting the mitres. Generally I first saw the mitre with a mitre box, then fine tune it on the Donkey’s Ear.

So how does the running fence perform? In a word, total control. OK, that’s two words . Make one – it will revolutionise your shooting!

Regards from Perth


June 2011