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Mister S

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A couple of weeks ago I made a 45 degree shooting board, nothing fancy, just using some scrap I had lying around. The base was MDF which seemed ok at first. But after only a couple of weeks of use, it seems the MDF on the "runway" has worn, so the plane sole no longer sits at 90 degrees to the work, it has moved a couple of degrees. The runway on the opposite side, which I haven't used much yet, is still spot on.

I suppose I can tilt the blade to compensate, but this is just a temporary fix. I will need to change the base board.

So my question is, have I been unlucky, or is MDF simply not up yo the job? Should I be thinking of using plywood instead?

Maybe in an attempt to avoid tilting the plane into the work, I have put too much pressure on the opposite side?

Any ideas?

Steve
 

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The quality of the MDF will make a difference but generally, I'd say no, it will last a while but not a long time. Try using some thin plastic for the runways

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TheTiddles":2ttmw2n5 said:
The quality of the MDF will make a difference but generally, I'd say no, it will last a while but not a long time. Try using some thin plastic for the runways

Aidan
A bit of acrylic plastic (Perspex) is also good - Rob
 

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My experience is solely with rather unexceptional far eastern ply and wax; works okay. Might be worth checking the front edges of the sides of your plane aren't sharp and acting a tad blade-like though, 'cos that seems pretty speedy wear to me.
 

Paul Chapman

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My shooting boards are made from MDF, which I wax occasionally. I've had no problems with them wearing and they've had a lot of use.

Cheers :wink:

Paul
 

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TheTiddles":31vohhlg said:
The quality of the MDF will make a difference but generally, I'd say no, it will last a while but not a long time. Try using some thin plastic for the runways

Aidan
+1 for the plastic/nylon :wink:
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I have some perspex sheet as well as the melamine faced board. I might try both, one on my 45 degree board, and one on my 90 degree one.

I really didn't expect my waxed MDF to wear so quickly, so I'm not surprised to hear that others have used it successfully.

Alf, you might have a point. The plane is a LV BU jack. The edges aren't too sharp, but neither are they rounded over. I suppose it's possible the edge could be acting like a scraper with a 90 degree angle. I might try just easing the edge ever so slightly.

Hopefully my next incarnation of boards will be a bit longer lasting!

Steve
 
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