Hand planes are very useful tools for flattening a board’s face, truing an edge or planing a bevel. However, if you really want to move your hand planing to a new level, consider using a shooting board.
Shooting boards give you the control you need to accurately plane end grain or miters to absolute precision. They are easy to build, and the technique to use them is very easy to master.
This site, sponsored by White Mountain Designs, offers step-by-step instructions for building the basic shooting board, add-ons that allow you to plane spot on miters and bevels and tips on how to use the jig with different types of planes.
Even if your power tools are tuned accurately, a shooting board can refine your work to near surgical accuracy. Take your plane craft to the next level with a shooting board.