I had a kickback incident recently, I was lucky enough to have a minor
injury but almost a severe one. I found some gizmos at a garage sale that
attach to a tablesaw fence and hold the work flat and against the fence
while the ratcheted wheel helps prevent kickback. I put them on my fence
but I'm bewildered by the best way to use them.
They seem OK for good-sized sheet stock and fair-sized pieces of lumber.
But for narrow pieces (less then 3 or 4 inches wide) it seems very hard to
feed the stock, the gizmos always seem to be in the way of any push block or
push stick or whatever. It's just these kind of narrow pieces that caused
my injury, I've never had a problem with bigger stock. Maybe it's a failure
Has anyone found a way to feed narrow stock and still use the wheel gizmos?
It sounds like you have a set of board buddies.
For wood cuts that fall inside the working edge of the board buddies, you'd
likely need a feather board. The can be used to hold stock down and another
set can be used to hold stock against the fence You can find all sorts of
information on them by searching for these two words, "feather board".
it's a holddown device generally made up from scrap on hand to suit
the process at hand. take a scrap of something a little longer than
the part of your blade that is above the table and about as wide as
the fence is high. the extra length is for clamps, so give yourself 6
or 8 inches. cut off 2 corners at a shallow angle such that that
(long) edge begins to approximate a gentle curve. now rip a bit off of
a scrap of some springy hardwood- birch, oak and ash all work fine.
fasten this to the 2 bevels on the body so that it stands proud at the
center of the body. sand smooth and wax the exposed edge of the
hardwood ripping. clamp it to the fence with the spring down at a
height that applies the needed pressure to the stock.
this works well for router table applications as well as table saw. it
is different in use from a featherboard in that it is s bit smoother
travelling and does not resist kickback.
how long the whole thing is, how long and steep the corner cuts are,
how thick and wide the spring is and how much downward pressure you
set it up to apply are all variables. they are free and quick to make,
so feel free to play with the configuration until you have something
that works for you.
I'll post pictures over on ABPW
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