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Blog entry by Philip Edwards posted 02-06-2007 09:36 AM 695 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HI Folks
Thought I’d make the “sap covering” strips for the table project last night. Dug out a suitable piece of walnut, planed it smooth and squared an edge. Then wandered over to the bandsaw to rip it into 1/4 inch thick strips.
At this point my brain says “hey, wouldn’t it be great if you had some fancy featherboard to hold the stock firmly against the fence?” A grand idea, one that was inspired by a visit to a buddys workshop recently (stand up Waka!). So the next half hour was spent fashioning said featherboard instead of making genuine progress on the table. But I do now have a smart little accesory.
It is attached to the table using the mitre gauge slot and applies a good amount of pressure to keep the stock firmly up tight to the fence. This means a more consistent cut and a safer way to work for me – my hands can stay well clear of the blade. It’s one of those things that you can’t believe you did without. Needless to say it will be getting a lot of use in the future!
I did finish making the strips and then cleaned them up with a plane. Today I’ll glue them on and then we can get on with actually “making” the table. At last…....
Today the day the shoulder plane goes to its new owner. I might have to pass by my local tool store just to console myself…..;)

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#1 posted 02-06-2007 09:11 PM

featherboards are great, I use them on my router, table saw, band saw, can’t get by without them. Its like having a third hand, huh? jockmike

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#2 posted 02-06-2007 09:36 PM

You’re right, Mike!
Makes life a lot safer AND you get a more consistent cut. Gotta be a good thing :)

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