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Greg Merritt

Thanks everyone for the kind words.  As far as which plane, I just use my #4 is it seems to work just fine.  A sharp blade makes all the difference…found out the hard way.  When I first tried the shooting board the plane would not bite into the wood, just skip across it.  I sharpened the blade and then tried again.  What a difference, smooth, clean end grain shavings.

…yes you can shoot long grain as well.  I did just that on several pieces of scrap.  It still amazes my that this simple jig can produce an absolutely square piece of wood….square in all directions I might add.