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    WTB Shooting Board

    I don't suppose anyone has an extra shooting board that they'd be willing to part with? I'm just getting started, and I'd love to just purchase one of these already built.

    Let me know.

    Thanks,
    Brad

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    If nobody offers something up, Lee Valley has a nice solution.
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    Making one is a good beginning project...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Becker View Post
    If nobody offers something up, Lee Valley has a nice solution.
    Here is a review about the Lee Valley one that I had read. I don't have one so I can not comment on it personally.

    http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/11948
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    The hardest part about a shooting board is aligning the fence. Even if you buy one and have it shipped, you'll have to do that.

    I hardly ever advise people to 'make your own because it's better than buying', but in this case, I think it's true. It's about as straightforward to make as a jig gets.

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    The best reason to build your own is it is a simple project with the likelihood of the maker learning a few new things about woodworking.

    Building bench hooks is the first step in making a shooting board. Some use a bench hook as their shooting board.

    Here are a couple of my old posts on rehabilitating an old shooting board to make it ambidextrous and another about making one for a more specialized use:

    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?244777

    https://sawmillcreek.org/showthread.php?157217

    Derek Cohen has a few different posts on shooting boards at his website:

    http://www.inthewoodshop.com

    To make one and ship it to you would likely cost as much for the shipping as it would for materials to make a decent shooting board.

    jtk
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    There's no better way to get started in woodworking than to make your own simple things, bench hook, shooting board(s), saw bench and others. You learn a lot and build the skills you'll need when you start on more formal projedts. Good guidance is freely available on the InterTubes, particularly on YouTube; watch a couple and you'll see what you need to do and how to do it. (If you're careful at picking the videos you watch, you may even learn to do these things well. Some videos are good, some not so much. But stick to it and you'll find your way.) Above all, try it; you'll like it and have a bit of fun. And by all means consider starting at Derek Cohen's site, as Koepke said, for some solid guidance.

    Best of luck and show us your photos as you go. Most of us will offer "constructive" criticism most of the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad Keen View Post
    ...I'm just getting started, and I'd love to just purchase one of these already built.
    I know where you're coming from. When I first started, I needed all the help I could get (and still do). Being able to purchase a jig that would help in getting started on a project has appeal, versus build this and build that, then get started on the project.

    Best of luck whatever approach you decide.

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