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LostArtPress on InstagramMy name stamps for my commission pieces and my tools. These are from Infinity Stamps (I like them). The small one is hardened steel so it can mark my tools as well. In pre-Industrial shops, buying a stamp was one of your first purchases — you couldn’t get your tools insured if they weren’t marked.A shooting board removes the sawblade marks from the end of a board and trues it up. Plus, you can adjust the length of the board in .001" increments. One question that always comes up about shooting boards is why the lane does not eat up the appliance shaving by shaving. The answer to this question is the plane itself. In a bench plane the blade doesn’t extend to the edges of the tool (otherwise it would be a rabbeting plane). This small land of metal by the mouth, which is where the sidewall joins the sole, prevents the plane from eating up the shooting board. While the first pass or two on a new shooting board will indeed remove a little material, after that the shooting board will be unmolested by the plane’s iron. Using a shooting board is quite simple once you train your muscles a bit. Just like with a bench hook, your off-hand is the clamp and needs to push the workpiece firmly against the fence. If you waver even a tiny bit, the work will be pushed away from the plane during the cut – spoiling the end. So I recommend putting some sticky-back sandpaper on the fence of the shooting board to help hold the work (#120-grit paper is good). Also, if you can clamp the work in place, all the better. Holdfasts are handy for this, especially when accuracy is critical. The other thing to learn is what to do with your dominant hand. You need to thrust forward with enough force to keep the tool in the cut. And you need to push the tool toward the work with enough force so that the blade doesn’t lift out of the cut. But you don’t want to tilt the tool – a common problem. One way to help improve the accuracy of a shooting board is to nail a little runner that will capture the plane between the runner and the platform. The downside to this is that you will only be able to use that plane with that shooting board. The upside is that the tool will be easier to control and will not drift out of the cut. — from “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest” by Christopher Schwarz #The_anarchists_tool_chestNew stickers! Order a set via the link in our profile.
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