Shooting, like most seemingly simple craft techniques, depends for its success on subtle refinements along with practical solutions. Because this is such a valuable technique, let’s take a closer look at the shooting board, tools, and methods.
CHOOSE A PLANE AND GIVE IT A RIDE
1. DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE THE PERFECT PLANE FOR SHOOTING, JUST START SHOOTING.
The common bevel-down #5 jack plane, though not ideal, will perform adequately if it is properly tuned. Set the chipbreaker close to the cutting edge to reduce blade chatter. If the sidewall is not quite square to the sole, be practical: shim it with appropriately placed blue tape.