Router Table Feather Boards

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Blog entry by Roger posted 07-11-2013 08:56 PM 3347 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While makin the 3-in-1 bed….......yes, I’m still buildin it… I felt the need for a few featherboards that would house these inch and an eighth wide slat retainers. Just part of the process. I try to be more careful since I clipped my finger a while back. Thnx for the looks, and/or comments….....good/bad/ugly.. I’m movin along like the pace o that tortise when he was racin that wabbit.. lol
1st, the pieces: scrap stuff layin round..

Then some cuttin:

And some featherin:

Voila, it works gr8! Keeping that slim board tight where it needs to be. 5 pieces are 51” and 4 are 26”

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 09:06 PM

I like that idea!!
Does the plywood flex enough??

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 09:21 PM

Hey Lew… Yes, it did what I wanted it to do. I had one piece that had a small “bend” in it because it wasn’t quarter-sawn, but, it did just fine. I was nervous. I used a skinny push stick to push them through. You can see, I’ve already lost a feather er 2, so, I’m not sure how long this will last, but, it was a piece that was just the right size layin in the scrap pile. Also, I had to flip the board over to finish cutting the feathers cuz it was too wide for my bandsaw… but, no prob.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 10:30 PM

Great Idea!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 10:46 PM

Pretty neat, Roger. They look like they will do the job well!!
Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 11:27 PM

cleaver roger very cleaver

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 07-12-2013 12:22 AM

It’s always good to make a thingy to accomplish a task and you did just that. Like the old saying goes “obsessity is the mother of intervention”

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#7 posted 07-12-2013 12:47 AM

Nice jigs Roger. I made very similar feather boards for my router table (for making dowels) except I didn’t cut any ‘Fingers’ on mine. They have worked well for many years.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 07-12-2013 12:49 AM

Hey, that idea worked out pretty nice!


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 07-12-2013 12:51 AM

Nice work Roger

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 07-12-2013 01:00 AM

Safety First Roger!!
Nice going on these…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 07-12-2013 02:46 AM

As you wood say….very kewl….for sure…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 07-12-2013 07:55 AM

Such jigs are often overlooked but taking the time out install, inded build them is the right way to go. The end result is always a superior cut. Besides nicking a finger tip is very painful and uncomfortable for a long time, way too many nerve endings in there. No rush, I see you are enjoying the retirement.

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#13 posted 07-12-2013 08:18 AM

That’s the job!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 07-12-2013 08:24 AM

Well done Roger. Good solution.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#15 posted 07-12-2013 10:07 AM

Cool Roger! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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