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My favorite "Push Blocks"

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Blog entry by HungryTermite posted 02-09-2011 04:54 PM 8956 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

At times I tend to just wander around Home Depot. I always think that the solution to the problem at hand has been solved somewhere before so I just wander the store and try to see as many different things as I can looking for ideas. Every once in a while I find something interesting. It’s a good way to kill some time even if the employees start to look at me funny.

While I was in the grout area I noticed some red rubber grout floats.

I figured it looked just like a little orange push block I had just purchased from a woodworking store and I needed another one so I plunked down $3 and picked one up. This thing is great! It grabs onto wood like crazy and gives me a level of control I didn’t have before. With 2 of these I can handle sheet goods on my table saw with much more control than I had with my hands or with all the other push blocks/sticks I have tried so far. I’ve used it at the table saw and the jointer and my only complaint is that it is kind of wide. When I am ripping boards it somtimes won’t fit between the fence and the blade guard so I have to switch to a different type of push stick.

The little orange one I have has a smaller footprint and isn’t as grippy and it has slipped several times wihle I was using it. I assume the rubber on the grout float will fill with sawdust some day and lose its grip but I can just wash it or get a new one for $3 and if I ever need to throw one away I can keep the handle and use it for something else.

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.



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sras

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 05:14 PM

Nice tip! Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 06:32 PM

I always thought that those had no grip. I will try them.
Thanks for the tip
Steli

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 08:32 PM

Nice tip. Looks similar to the new Rockler bench dog push blocks, and at a fraction of the price.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 09:05 PM

Good idea. I hope I will remember it when I’m in the DIY store next time. Thanks for the tip.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 10:49 PM

steliart: There are a few different types of rubber grout float. The other ones at HD and all the ones I saw at Lowes seemed too stiff to get a good grip but I have not tried them. This red rubber one is softer and has a lot of grip. As a test you could always grab one then walk over to the plywood section and try them out and see which ones worked best :)

-- Good Judgement Comes From Experience. Experience Comes From Bad Judgement.

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