Fri, Apr 6, 2007, 8:13pm (EDT+4) email@example.com (Leon)
FIY, for years I have been aware that the common push stick that is
simply a stick that pushes form a single point on the trailing edge of a
board can be dangerous. My home made push sticks actually has a hook on
the end that hooks on to the trailing edge of the board AND allows me to
push down on top of the back 8" of the board. <snip>
I'm so used to calling them pushsticks I usually don't think to
describe what I use. I suspect mine are a fair match for what you make.
I usually cut them out of plywood, with hook, and a handle tall enough
that my fingers aee out of they way even if the blade is set a bit high
and to apply down pressre with. I bandsaw frequent replacements,
because they tend to get chewed up, especially on the narrower cuts.
For side pressure on the cut piece I usually use a long piece, with a
notch cut in the end. Every once in awhile I get creative and use
smaller pieces to glue together a fancy pushstick, complete with hook
and handle - they get chewed up and tossed as often as the simpler ones
- just like to make one once in awhile.
I can't see buying a pushstick, when I can make one that works as
well, costs zip, and only takes a minute or so to make.
Catapultam habeo. Nisi pecuniam omnem mihi dabis, ad caput tuum saxum
(I have a catapult. Give me all your money, or I will fling an enormous
rock at your head.)