|Project by NiteWalker||posted 04-18-2014 05:06 AM||4449 views||23 times favorited||14 comments|
A while ago, I made some push shoes based on a pattern doug stowe was kind enough to send to me.
Well, most of the ones I made are chewed up from use around the shop, and I had some scraps of 3/4” plywood left over from my outfeed table build, so I figured I’d make a new batch.
This is a new design; it’s kind of a hybrid between doug stowe’s push shoe, and one I recently saw by john heisz. Izzy swan posted a youtube video of why this design is a good one, and after using it for most of today, I agree.
Instead of using john’s design as-is, I decided to modify it a bit to more closely resemble doug stowe’s pusher, while keeping the features of john’s pusher. I could have just printed out john’s design and made a few pretty quickly, but refining different designs to suit my own preferences is therapeutic. It’s nice to be in the shop away from everything, just a man and his tools. Shop therapy has helped me through a lot of stressful times.
Anyway, what you see is the result. I think it’s a very nice design overall, and it’s very comfortable to hold and use. It feels like an extension of my hand and arm.
The building process was pretty much the same as the old pushers I made. I took the time to make a master template out of 1/4” baltic birch plywood so I can easily make more when needed. I tilted the handle so it’s at less of a sharp angle and more like john’s pusher, and also moved it near the back of the pusher body. I didn’t include any hanging holes this time around, since I pretty much never used them on the old design. They were always sitting on the table saw, band saw or router table tops. Instead of gluing on the heel parts this time, I just made them integral to the pusher body. The master template and a flush trim bit did the heavy work, then I rounded all edges except the bottom with a 1/4” roundover bit. A light sanding with 150 and they’re ready to go to work.
Here's a pdf of my design, in case anyone wants to make one. Or a few.
Print with no scaling, plain 8 1/2” x 11” paper. The body length should be 10 1/2”.
-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.