In preparation for the Chisel Rack video, I put together this shooting board:
This is not meant to be a permanent fixture, as it’s made from pine and simply screwed together. I’m just working with small projects right now, so it’s acceptable. The #4 handplanes aren’t really great for shooting, but it’s all I have at the moment. At some point I will be reunited with my jack plane, and I have plans to build my own wooden bodied planes as well.
I used to have a prejudice against dimensioned stock at the big box stores. I mention this because I’m obliged to use it pretty much exclusively right now. If you’re regularly producing product for sale, the store bought stuff is too expensive to make a fair profit (depending on what you’re producing). It’s much better to buy rough lumber and surface it yourself. Since I’m limited to just a #4 plane, I’m only using it for cleaning up after my saw cuts.
On a side note, my free trial ran out on SketchUp. One feature that went away was the “Export to PDF” thing. I knew some of the features of the pro version would disappear, but that one threw me for a loop. Since I don’t have $700 lying around to buy the pro version and Adobe Acrobat isn’t exactly free either, my plan to offer plans has screeched to a halt.