Shop-made Push Pads/Hold-Downs

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Project by Bricofleur posted 11-01-2014 08:38 PM 2535 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first photo shows the push pads/hold-downs I got with my jointer. Since they work so well I decided to make myself more of those instead of rushing to the store.

My handles are much easier to manufacture and I found the perfect pads to stick under. I noticed that some mouse pads have similar gripping power so they could be glued on as well.

The handles, which are glued and screwed in dadoes, provide a perfect grip and are very comfortable at 60°.

More details and more photos available on this page of my blog.

Thanks for looking.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#1 posted 11-01-2014 10:12 PM

I like the mouse pad idea a lot.

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 12:03 AM

Iʻve got a ton of unused mouse pads that Iʻve always said would make good push pads. Most people would have thrown them out by now since mouse pads are seldom used. I keep everything. Never know when you can reuse it. lol

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 02:55 AM

Great innovation. This is going on my list.

-- Chris Knight - West Michigan -

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 05:09 AM

Nice stock pushers and easy to make!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 10:21 AM

On my list too

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 06:54 PM

I have a worry about this well known design.I feel that to use it you need to pass over the blade with your hand holding the grip from directly above . If there was a weakness in the joint and it came apart or even if your hand slipped it would come down right on top of the blade. I make these always much the same design but with the had grip turned around the other way facing away from the blade towards the operator , and also a bit longer so that your hand even when you make a pass completely through the blade your hand is still behind the blade nearest to your body.
It is just my way of feeling safe.However I commend the maker on an otherwise good job It is just the design I personally have trouble accepting. As you can imagine I have to make some design alterations to suit my parkinsons and also make some jigs to make things safe so please don’t take umbridge at my comments they are meant well and constructively . Alistair

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

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 01:49 AM

Fantastic Serge!

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

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 01:17 PM

I’m always for make something instead buy in store.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-04-2014 02:38 PM

Thank you all for looking and for leaving a comment. As usual, here it’s all about sharing (projects, designs, ideas and opinions) !

@Scotsman: Alistair, You’re a wise man adapting designs according to your own needs. I feel comfortable with my design and I respect your opinion.



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