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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.





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Vertigo

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#1 posted 101 days ago

Looks good bro

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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NiteWalker

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#2 posted 101 days ago

Thanks. :-)
Just waiting for some nicer weather so I can finish up the outfeed table. The only thing left is applying the formica and routing the miter slots. The temp range on the contact cement is 65 and above so it looks like monday I’ll be finishing that up.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Mike_from_Buffalo

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#3 posted 101 days ago

Thank you for sharing the pdf!

-- Mike from Buffalo "A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half of his life."

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distrbd

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#4 posted 100 days ago

I like the shape, need to make a few of these,thanks for making it even easier with the pdf file.

-- Ken from Ontario

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Routerisstillmyname

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#5 posted 100 days ago

you can never have enough PS

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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SCOTSMAN

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#6 posted 100 days ago

I like these very much ,but I cannot agree with the speed he is pushing things through his bandsaw unless it has been artificially sped up of course LOL .I believe taking your time is best for your health, safety, and wellbeing , with the fast pressured stressful elements removed.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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NiteWalker

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#7 posted 100 days ago

It’s definitely sped up. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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filipe

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#8 posted 100 days ago

Vai dar jeito, obrigado…

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Vertigo

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#9 posted 100 days ago

Sorry for the delayed response. But just wanted you to know I had pretty good success at lower temps with contact cement. Takes a little longer to dry and j put two coats on the mdf cuz it sucks it up but the Formica in mine ain’t going anywhere. Prob put it in around 40 degrees

-- Greg - Ferdinand and Son Construction: Do it right the first time. Like us on Facebook

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cabmaker

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#10 posted 100 days ago

Sprayed many, many gallons of contact in well below 65F. Just saying
JB

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 100 days ago

Thanks guys. I’ll give the contact cement a go later today.
It’s literally the last thing I need to do to the outfeed table aside from routing the miter slots.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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lateralus819

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#12 posted 96 days ago

I’ve always thought it best to keep arms away from the blade. I like the fish style, I made one like The wood whispers, and at first it was cool. Felt un-natural.

Nice job though!

-- Never confuse mistakes with failure. Kevin

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NiteWalker

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#13 posted 96 days ago

The fish or bird’s mouth style pushers are unsafe IMHO. They give you forward control, but not much in the way of keeping pressure down on the workpiece, which is dangerous.

I guess it’s really preference though; I’ve seen a lot of the fish style pushers in use too. WHatever feels safest to use. ;-)

Thanks for the kind words. I actually thought about making a few out of some pieces from the scrap bin, which means I’d have a cherry pusher, walnut, curly maple, purpleheart, etc. I’d at least be using them up…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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NedB

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#14 posted 95 days ago

Handsome looking push shoes. I too prefer a handled pusher like this.. I just made a couple the other day. Nothing fancy, but I used 1/2” ply. I do a fair amount of rip cuts, and the 1/2” fits easier between the blade guard and fence when I’m doing thin rips.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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