The descriptions I can find for "Board Buddies" say that the yellow ones
rotate clockwise and the green ones counterclockwise. That's nice, but
it's useless information without their telling you which side of the thing
you're looking at when it rotates that direction. Hence the following
If I have here a table saw with the fence to the right of the blade as I
stand in front of (i.e. on the side from which one feeds stock) the saw, do
I need the yellow board buddies or the orange board buddies?
Reply to jclarke at ae tee tee global dot net
I've had exactly the opposite experience. I've tried magnetic feather
boards in the past and found them unsatisfactory. I recently purchased a
setof yellow board buddies and mounted them on a metal plate that will slide
into the slots on the top of my Vega fence. They are mounted about 12
inches apart. I position the plate so on bb is on the infeed side of the
blade and one is on the outfeed side, just past the rear of the blade. When
properly adjusted they work great and I can take them on and off the fence
in just a couple of seconds. Only negatives I have noticed is they get in
the way of a pushstick when ripping really narrow stock.
Mine were mounted on the top of a Bies, about the same configuration as
yours, the problems I found were the plastic cams kept on getting jammed and
there wasn't enough lateral movement to get the roller where I wanted it,
maybe OK with a lower fence. Now they sit mainly gathering dust but
recently I fitted them to my router fence and occasionally use them to put
some down pressure if boards aren't truly flat.
Different horses and all that.
What method do you use to finish clearing stock with the Board Buddies
on the narrower stock? I've found a second scrap piece of same
thickness material is a bit awkward, but cannot think of much else to
Also how much tension do you put on the downward pressure of the BBs?
I've found if I put as much as I want to, I have great difficulty
getting the material under the second one and end up with only slight
Recently I've installed a Micro-JIG Splitter to assist the board
buddies in an attempt to keep from burning the edge going through the
On 25-Apr-2004, email@example.com (Alan W) wrote:
I find that if I adjust the BB's about 1/4" lower than the thickness of the
stock they seem to work well. I don't use a great deal of spring pressure,
you still need to use reasonable care to keep the stock against the fence.
As far as clearing the narrow stock, I find if I position the front roller a
couple of inches in front of the leading edge of the blade I can use a push
stick to reach over the front roller once the rear edge of the stock has
cleared the roller and push it clear of the blade. If I'm just cutting one
piece, I stop the saw and release the pressure on the rear roller and pull
the stock free. If I am cutting multiple pieces, once the piece is clear of
the blade I go ahead and feed the next piece, letting it push the previous
piece clear of the rear roller and onto the outfeed table.
Depends on what side of the fence you are cutting with.
If cutting to the LEFT of the fence, then use the clockwise board
If cutting to the RIGHT side of the fence, then use the counter
clockwise board buddies
On Sat, 24 Apr 2004 10:29:19 -0400, "J. Clarke"
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