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post #1 of 5 Old 11-30-2019, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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I was gonna make a shooting board but not sure if this is ideal. 3/4" Melamine for the base layer and 1/2" MDF for the upper layer. Would that work or would the finish of the melamine screw up my plane?
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The laminated base would be fine, but the upper parts should be made of real wood. Using mdf on the upper will dull your hand plane appreciably and compress too easily as you us it. As it changes shape it would throw off accuracy.
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Would Birch ply be better?
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-02-2019, 10:59 AM
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Either one of those materials are more stable than plywood, but I've made several shooting boards out of ply and never had an issue.


Lately I've been using a simple 1 layer shooting board and running my plane directly on the bench top. Works find for me.



No, melamine won't bother the plane.
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This YouTube video shows how Rob Cosman builds his shooting boards from start to finish. He includes a lot of subtle tricks and details that I might have missed on my own:

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