Has anyone used the device called the "Grr-Ripper" that is currently on the
market? They use the "bullet proof your fingers" slogan. I make a lot of
cutting boards out of birdseye and curly maple that require ripping strips
as thin as 1/2"......it looks like it might beat the feather boards and push
sticks I currently use, but I was hoping to talk to some one that has tried
it before shelling out $50 bucks!
Thanks for the link to your page. I have on my favorites list a listing for
various pages that I have found by various wreckers and other termites. You
have made this list because of the instructions on the sleds. I will heed
all warnings and exercise due caution. Thanks again for the inspiration and
the destruction, er um, sorry, IN, yeah that's it, INstructions.
On most online forums (including this NG) where products are discussed, it
is rare to find an item or brand that doesn't have both its supporters and
detractors. But I can't recall a case where someone who has purchased a
Grr-Ripper expressed regret that they had done so. That includes me. I am
very happy with mine.
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I've been studying Jim Tolpin's book "Table Saw Magic," and I am very
impressed with the variety of fixtures he describes.
He makes a special fence with pegboard on one side, and attaches a
shop vac to it. He uses this to make thin sheets for model planes.
He also describes a pushstick that straddles the fence.
Barry's mousepad ripper looks like a good idea as well. I'll have to remember
I think one rule is, if what you are doing scares you, then don't do it.
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For ripping thin strips the pushstick I made that rides the fence is a
must. Quarter innch BB with a hook on the back end that holds down
the front to avoid lifting is indispensible.
On 9 Apr 2005 11:24:06 GMT, Bruce Barnett
I have two GRR-rippers and also the Grip-tite magnetic featherboards with
metal fence plate. I use the Grip-tites most of the time but the
GRR-rippers are indispensible. Be aware that the GRR-ripper is useful for
short stock - about 18" maximum length and that's a stretch. If you are
ripping longer pieces, the GRR-ripper is not appropriate.
Although I seldom spring for items like that, I was given one a couple of
years ago and just bought a mate for it at the latest ww $how here in
I find that two are much more useful than one.
The design is handy when cutting sheet goods, and for cutting dadoes in
stock, as two of them in a hand-over-hand motion make it easy to keep a
downward pressure that insures a consistent depth of cut in stock that might
not be perfectly flat. I also like them over most other forms of push blocks
for router table work ... IMO, they are better suited here, except for the
sheet goods application, than on the table saw ... but again, two are more
useful than one.
The above notwithstanding, and although handy if you can afford two, you can
make something just as functional for a damn sight less.
FWIW, David Marks uses a push block that looks like an old iron made of
plywood that has the same function and would also be easy to make lot less
... and B a r r y's also.
I haven't tried that one, but I have a Craftsman (knockoff?) that
looks like it is the same thing. It actually works really nicely, and
the one I've got can double as a tenon cutter, and does a nice job of
it. I'd be willing to be the Grr-Ripper is a bit better (or at least
I'd hope so- the craftsman one was only $20)
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