Tools,  Wood

Mini shooting board

Never mind its look, because it’s made from scraps. It works great, though, and even if it’s not made of very durable materials, it should last for a while. I wanted to see if I need one, and how does it improve my work? I used MDF, plywood and some off-cuts to make it. All glued together, reinforced with nails. A simple jig, used in combination with a block plane to trim and square up ends of boards. I think it does the job, can be quickly pulled out for a project and easily stored on a shelf. It was also very inexpensive to make, if not free! Good.

I started by cutting all parts to size using my table saw. I used some scrap, but flat plywood, MDF from disassembled children’s toys and other off-cuts I had on hand. Once cut, I gave them a quick sanding and glued together the top and lower bases. It dried overnight, as the glue I used was a slow-drying adhesive with a longer assembly time. On the next day, I nailed down the hook (using glue as well), and then moved on to the stop. I clamped it at a perfect 90º angle, pre-drilled holes and again nailed everything together using some glue.

I sanded all the pencil marks and applied some wax to the sub-base lip. That way, it was all done and ready to go.

It worked well. I was able to square up small parts quickly, and accurately. It should work for bigger pieces too, but I wanted to have something small and portable to work with tiny parts. Sometimes I like using hand tools and having the job done without tons of dust and relatively quiet. I also like small and quick projects from time to time, projects that can be completed in one afternoon or so. This is one of them, and thanks to it, I can complete other projects faster.