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Re: Varieties of ramped boards

William Duffield
If you don't have a skew shooting board plane and a ramped shooting board, and need to shoot the edge of sheets of veneer, all is not lost. This is a quick explanation of how I've successfully prepared the edges of sheets of veneer for bookmatching, often highly figured veneer, and therefore subject to chipping out when planing.

First, I mark the edge of both ends of each piece of veneer exactly where I wan the book matched joint. Then, I prepare two pieces of scrap hardwood, usually about 3/4" thick, by jointing one edge straight and square. I prefer poplar for this purpose. If my veneer joints are long, I prepare a slightly convex clamping caul, because otherwise I can't apply enough pressure to the center of the stack because my clamps or holdfasts don't have long enough jaws. The caul usually isn't necessary, or at least doesn't need to be planed with a convex surface if the veneer joints are less than a foot long or so. Now I stack up a sandwich on the bench top, starting with a sheet of stuff 3/16 or 1/4" thick (a piece of plywood works). On top of this spacer goes one of the poplar boards, Its edge set with 1/8" or a bit more of overhang. On top of this go the pairs of veneer, aligning the bookmatch marks with the jointed edge of the poplar or just a shaving or two shy of the edge. If you are jointing sawn veneer, one or two pairs is all you can accommodate before you run out of plane blade width, but you can stack several pairs of sliced veneer at a time. On top of this goes the second poplar board. Both poplar boards must align vertically and horizontally with the marks you put on every piece of veneer. On top goes the caul, set back 1/8" or so, the same as the bottom spacer. You hold everything down with a pair of clamps on the ends of the sandwich. If you are careful and don't knock anything out of alignment when you set them, a pair of holdfasts work. Of course, when you set this up, the front face of your stack must be clear of all obstructions, especially your clamps. Now, you lay your jointer on its side and shoot the poplar and the veneers. When you get a continuous shaving off the poplar and are down to the marks you made on the veneer, with no chips out of the layers of veneer, you've succeeded. Your plane's sole (and blade) never touch the spacer or the caul, because if it did, it would stop the plane from cutting before the jointing was done.

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Negates much of the benefit of the skewed blade?
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Varieties of ramped boards
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