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Default What angle plane to use with a shooting board

I am planning on making a shooting board (soon ??)

What is the best angle plane to use with the board??

Most videos use a # 4 & up high angle block plane for the mitered angles

but

a low angle block plane is "made" to cut end grain & since that is what you usually use a shooting board for wouldn't it make sense to use a low angle plane when shooting miters??

What would be the advantages to use one over the other?

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I'm not a plane expert but I thought the low angle was for both. Here is LV's specially made shooting plane if you happen to have $400 C burning a hole in your pocket. Veritas® Shooting Plane - Lee Valley Tools
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You can always use a #4, but I'd consider something longer with more mass. I have a #6 for use on my shooting board. The weight really adds power to each stroke and reduces the effort required to get the job done.

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low angle jack or smoother plane..

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Veritas® Shooting Plane - Lee Valley Tools

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Veritas® Miter Plane - Lee Valley Tools

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That is one nice plane, although a little rich for my blood - specially considering how little I would probably use it. Most of my miter "fitting" is done on smaller sections - trimming cabinet installations, etc. - so I bought one of these Veritas® Shooting Sanders - Lee Valley Tools as I figured that it would be good for bead moldings, little coves, etc. I haven't used it yet but next "non-shop" project is a headboard for my wife and I need to trim around the inside of the panels, 5/8" x 5/8" moldings, so it should be perfect for sneaking up on that perfect fit. I've looked at the Miter Trimmers, and watched demo videos, and can see where that would be a great tool for a picture framer - or even a trim carpenter for finishing out wainscoting and so forth - but again not something that I would come close to using enough to justify the cost. Not that I always use that when looking at buying a tool, sometimes it just has to talk to me and it comes home with me.
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That is one nice plane, although a little rich for my blood - specially considering how little I would probably use it. Most of my miter "fitting" is done on smaller sections - trimming cabinet installations, etc. - so I bought one of these Veritas® Shooting Sanders - Lee Valley Tools as I figured that it would be good for bead moldings, little coves, etc. I haven't used it yet but next "non-shop" project is a headboard for my wife and I need to trim around the inside of the panels, 5/8" x 5/8" moldings, so it should be perfect for sneaking up on that perfect fit. I've looked at the Miter Trimmers, and watched demo videos, and can see where that would be a great tool for a picture framer - or even a trim carpenter for finishing out wainscoting and so forth - but again not something that I would come close to using enough to justify the cost. Not that I always use that when looking at buying a tool, sometimes it just has to talk to me and it comes home with me.
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I'm with you Don except I would also have a hammer.
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When I was getting started with tools, my wife's favorite saying was, "My father built a house with just a hammer and a saw", end of tool discussion. As time went by, I learned to fight back - and she conceded, one by one, that he "might" have had a level, and a rafter square, and one of the string-thingys with the chalk on it, and.......... Once the conceding started, it was game over - although she still struggles with why anyone would need more than one hammer. Have managed to avoid bringing up a discussion as to why anyone would need more than one router though.
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@tomp913 - how many pots and pans and wooden spoons and kitchen utensils does your wife use - if she's anything like mine, I dare say there's a special device in the kitchen for just about most things. But you may not want to start that conversation - just sayin'
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Haven't managed to stay married for over 52 years without learning when to keep my mouth shut - but you are right, she has more spoons than I have routers.
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