Anybody use magnetic featherboards for the table saw. The Griptite look ok,
but exensive ($40 AT WOODCRAFT).
Anybody make their own? I have a pretty strong magnet that I bought that
cleans my fish tank glass (the magnetic portion stays on one side of the
glass and the metallic portion is in the water on the other side) and I was
thinking of converting them into featherboards. Anyone try this?
I've tried them and really like them, but haven't plunked down for
Think about this: A local millwork shop with a bunch of employees
"lost" several sets of these before they could keep them around. <G>
It works very, very well. Compared to regular featherboards that lock into the
miter slots, the Griptite is more difficult to position initially, but once
put in place it *stays* put. And I find it much easier to install and remove,
than twisting a knob to tighten something into the miter slot.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Nobody ever left footprints in the sands of time by sitting on his butt.
And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?
I have been using Grip-tite's for so long I can't remember not using them. I
think they are worth every penny. I also have those wheels that got5 on the
fence, the feather boards and various other things but prefer the magnets.
Mine are so old they are made out of wood.
Have made clones of the GripTite with about 6 of the 1in LeeValley
super magnets. You DO need to put a cam lever to be able to get it
loose from the table top. Used Forstner bits to drill the recesses
for the magnets and the metal carriers for the magnets, glued and
screwed to hold in place, then put the non-skid adhesive disks to keep
it from sliding around
I have an aluminum fence and table on my Bosch TS. I know they sell steel
plates you can attach to your fence so the magnets stick (though I suppose
that will mess up all measurements with the fence gauge built in to the
table) but what about the table itself?
I am a big fan of the Grip-tite...we use them on the tablesaw and on
the jointer as well ....well worth every penny..as far as making a set
myself ..I am a woodworker, not a jig and machine maker...I build
furniture, I do not have the time or desire to build my own feather
boards when I can buy a superior product...my time is worth more than
Mike from American Sycamore
Thanks for your 2-cents, but "I" was the one inquiring as to the DIY
magnetic featherboard and "I" do have the time and desire to build my own.
I bet I can make one that would do the job for 1/3 the price. Just looking
to see if anyone else has tried.
You never made your own jig for woodworking? Do you make your own push
sticks or do you buy those as well?
You'll note that "HE" is a professional, not a hobbyist like the rest of us.
And "HE" makes a living building furniture, where "HE" can pass on the cost
of "HIS" purchased jigs or feather boards by incorporating them into "HIS"
furniture. Time is money to him, not to us hobbyists. Personally, "I" get a
great deal of satisfaction out of my woodworking making both the item and
the necessary jigs. But then I also enjoy using hand planes and antique
tools like my 1941 Craftsman 24" scroll saw.
My time in the shop building a piece of furniture for my friends,
family, or client is so limited that I must make choices. Do I want to
spend all day building a featherboard that I can buy for less than
$40.00 or do I want to build a piece of furniture? I meant no
disrespect.... I wanted other woodworkers to consider the true cost of
building a feather board rather than buying one from such a repetable
company as Grip-tite.My name is Mike and you do not have to refer to me
as "he". I am just a woodworker trying to make a living.
Amen brother. I see too much wated time on-job watching people make
jigs they should already have after xx years (and I mean Xx) of
service to the trade. Buy, (or make) good jigs and they'll pay
themselves back multiply.
I do buy my push sticks...Rocklers and the Grr-Ripper System Micro Jig
Inc. Making a push stick that takes less than 2 minutes is quite
different that making a magnetic feather board that sells so cheap at
less than $40.00. MY time in the shop is so limited and I want to
build furniture, not jigs and fixtures. Why waste your precision time
building a product when I can buy one cheaper and better made?. I
meant no disrespect to you or wanted to upset you in any way. If you
have the free time and want to make jigs, go for it.
Dick, I have the full grip-tite system that includes the pressure rollers
and metal fence. I never use them in any other position on the table saw,
except mounted on the fence. The roller system works to hold the wood down,
as well as pull it against the fence. The rollers are mounted at a slight
angle which causes the force to hold the wood against the fence.
I use the grip-tites on all my rip cuts for boards that are longer than
about 16". If its 16" or smaller, I use a GRRRipper. I haven't used a
conventional push stick on my table saw in so long, I don't know if I
People say the Grip-tites are expensive. I don't think so. All the
components are heavy duty and meant to last through 1000's of cuts. This
includes the feathers themselves which are made of Lexan, not plastic as
some might think.
Had mine for 7 or 8 years now, don't use them all the time, but when i
need them i got them......i think they were well worth the investment,
bought them at the woodworking show in Milwaukee.
My advice is anyone who has a table saw should have a pair of them.
Not sure on featherboards yet, but I just made a fence for my band saw out of 2
x 2" stock and 4 rare earth magnets, (one on each end on the table side, 2 along
the fence for the table surface), and it stays put really well..
Not sure on a featherboard, as the force directed on them is sort of a sliding
action, and a magnet will slide much easier than it will "pull off"" a surface..
Buy yourself $20 worth of rare earth magnets on Ebay (I like the round disks,
because you drill holes for them) and you'll find hundreds of uses for them in
the shop.. and have a lot of fun with 'em.. lol
(I gave 2 of them to a neighbor and he put them on a key chain.. last week in
Walmart, he had his keys in his pants pocket and stuck to the jewelry counter...
the saleslady freaked *g*)
Please remove splinters before emailing
In paragraph one you state you made a fence and it stays well put.
In paragraph tow you mention how a magnet will slide easily.
I'm confused, Won't the fence slide easily? I put a lot of pressure
against it when I resaw and I don't think I'd trust a magnet. The force of
a featherboard will be the same as on the fence as the wood is pushed
If the fence stays that well put, how do you make very tiny adjustments to
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