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shop tips #1: fingers tired ? use your thumb or palm

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Blog entry by patron posted 04-27-2012 08:04 PM 1501 reads 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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here is a typical shop problem
how to safely hold stock while milling or cutting multiples

finger boards work real good where applicable
but for certain situations are not practical
like holding things down

here is my ‘thumb’ hold down

and here is what i’ll call a ‘palm’ board

enjoy !

work safe

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle



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bmorewoodwork

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 08:15 PM

Very Nice!! Safety First! Great examples!

-- Chris - Baltimore, MD http://baltimorewoodworking.com/

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#2 posted 04-27-2012 08:27 PM

Good information David

Thanks

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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patron

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#3 posted 04-27-2012 08:28 PM

in conjunction together
these serve a double duty

as they keep your hands from the cutters and blades

a real finger saver

just keep running boards thru butted to each other

just use a thiner ‘push stick’
for the last one
and stop tool
before removing stick

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dragonsrite

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#4 posted 04-27-2012 08:32 PM

Great ideas, Mr. Patron. I’m always looking for ways to keep stuff where it’s supposed to be. Thank you.

-- Dragonsrite, Minnesota

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#5 posted 04-27-2012 08:40 PM

Where were you when I rabbeted my middle finger…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 04-27-2012 08:42 PM

Rather ingenious Mate…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 04-27-2012 08:46 PM

two thumbs up!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#8 posted 04-27-2012 08:48 PM

Very handy hold downs.
I like the idea of keeping all my fingers!!!
Thanks for sharing these.
Another line on my “To-Do” list!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 04-27-2012 09:18 PM

All good safety tips David.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-27-2012 09:41 PM

great tip! Send that one to the magazines and win yourself some gift certificates.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 04-27-2012 09:51 PM

It took me awhile to SEE it on the #2 feather / spring board… couldn’t see the space below it! LOL

That is ONE COOL feather board!

#1 spring board is really COOL TOO!

... and with Plans & ALL!

Thank you very much, David!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#12 posted 04-27-2012 10:09 PM

Cool Idea, beats using my actual thumb :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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patron

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#13 posted 04-27-2012 10:22 PM

you got that right martin

sure is easier
than using bananas and coconuts
to work with

but some of us woodworkers
never do get
to far from the trees

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Loucarb

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#14 posted 04-27-2012 10:34 PM

Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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SteveMI

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#15 posted 04-28-2012 12:44 AM

Your #2 hold down is going to help me a bunch. I’ve been trying to figure out how to hold down smaller / shorter stock safer on the table saw.

I had bought one of the plastic half-round finger gadgets that was supposed to be the answer. Getting it actually to mount and work never met my expectations.

Steve.

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