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.
@Gary…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.