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I am now looking into buying featherboards for the router table. I never
saw a need for it with table saw or anything else, until I got the router
table (so it's gonna be for the router table). Browsing in Amazon.com, I
am surprised that the above link has so many negative reviews? I am just
looking for simple featherboards. I don't think I would want a Bench Dog
since it's looks big and bulky (not mentioning it's 3-4 times more
I looked back when I was in the WW Show, they had those for $1.00 each! I
wish I took a handful of those (got into router table after the WW Show).
Will I regret for buying the above link, or even those $1.00 bulks? If
you know of better ones, let me know. But, hopefully it's available in
Amazon.com since I have a gift certificate that I like to use up.
I make all my featherboards as these are easy and cheap to make and
you can custom make the ones you need. I thought about buying a
magnetic featherboard for my cast iron tablesaw, but the ones I've
made work just fine. A good router table should have places on it to
allow clamping featherboards both vertically (to the fence) and
horizontally (to the table).
I have to second that. One of my favorite things to do is
make a featherboard. I have lots of them. It is the same way
I feel about buying sawhorses. Why buy one when you can make
one exactly like you want it?
Two (2) choices
1) Make your own.
2) Take a run to your local Harbor Freight.
I bought some for $1 and the one you show on Amazon was $5.
At those prices, I don't have time to make them.
BTW, I use lots of featherboards, especially for ripping on a table saw.
I wouldn't think it. Especially with your qualifier "normally".
I have two of the "Amazon" ones, one Bench Dog brand and a few home-made.
So far, none have lost their 'push'. Seems to me if they do, you'd just
snug them up a little tighter.
I picked up two of those for alot less money. If I had paid $10 each, I'd
be livid at their performance.
Since I paid about $3 each, I'm happy with them. I just use QuikClamps to
attach them where I want them.
I bought a set of those featherboards and am unable to use them on my
tablesaw becausethey won't "lock" in my miter slides. They just keep lifting
up when I tighten the screws until the screws come out of the plastic
I have one of those and it really sucks. Got if free with something or
other and paid too much. Just make your own. I have a free plan at the
I agree, make your own. I've got a bunch that I made out of 3/4" pine in a
variety of sizes. They're trivial to make. I've experimented with finger
length to get just the amount of springiness that seems right to me. Some
I fancied up with hold-down knobs, others I just clamp to the
I once went nuts and bought one of the commercial hardwood featherboards
you can get from most catalog places. It sucked. There wasn't enough
spring in the fingers, it was too short, it came with some silly metal
piece that I still have no idea what purpose it was intended to serve. One
day, it failed to prevent a kickback and self-destructed in the process. I
salvaged the knob and the cute little thingie that fits in a table saw
slot, and wrote the rest of it off as a mistake.
======================I have been making sawdust for 40 years and my daughter gave me a
couple of Bench Dog featherboards about 5 years ago as a gift.
All I can say is I WAS A DUMB... HARD HEADED .. SKIN FLINT (cheap
guy) for not buying a couple years ago.... they are absolutely easy to
use and work fantastic.. so much better then any of the ones I had
either made or purchased that I have not once, not a single time used
one of the old ones since day one...
BTW: I use them on the tablesaw alot....
Just my opinion...
I got one like this at Woodcraft of all places. It's okay, but
obviously a cheapie. Rockler has some that are black in color and quite
a bit beefier, meaning they lock into the miter slot much more solidly.
It was probably more like $12 or $13 but I'm happy with it. If I felt I
needed several more or many different kinds at this stage of my
woodworking, I'd probably learn to make them.
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