On Sat, 28 Jun 2008 18:59:44 -0700 (PDT), RicodJour
Likely because of the angle formed between the boards (viewed from the
end). Looks a bit like the ears on a donkey if you use a bit of
A shooting board is a jig used for planing - and a donkey's ear
shooting board is used for cleaning up mitered joints.
Which brings up a question I have - isn't it a chuting board? The
plane rides in a chute, right?
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Shoot\, n. [F. chute. See Chute. Confused with shoot to let fly.] An
inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal,
etc., are caused to slide; also, a narrow passage, either natural or
artificial, in a stream, where the water rushes rapidly; esp., a
channel, having a swift current, connecting the ends of a bend in the
stream, so as to shorten the course. [Written also chute, and shute.]
They say right in the definition that it's an inclined plane. :)
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