I admit it, I'm much more normite than neander...
Anyway, I don't have a shooting board but can see where it would be
useful from time to time. But one thing I've never understood just by
reading about them: why doesn't the plane blade chew into the raised
platform that supports the workpiece? Or is it that it will cut the
platform, but only a tiny bit until the edge of the plane sole where
the blade doesn't extend hits?
I hope the question is clear.