|Project by tyvekboy||posted 12-15-2014 10:32 PM||7753 views||62 times favorited||26 comments|
Dec 15, 2014
I finally decided to find some scrap in my scrap bin and make some Mudflap Girl Push Sticks like the one Steve posted here a while back.
I made a total of 6 using plywood scraps.
2 out of 3/4 inch scraps
2 out of 1/2 inch scraps
2 out of 1/4 inch scraps
Once I got a pattern that I liked, I printed them off on my laser printer. I roughly cut around the paper patterns and used spray adhesive to attach them to my scrap wood. A bandsaw and scroll saw was used to cut them out. A small round over router bit was used to soften the outside edges and strips of an old belt sander belt were used to round over the inside cut outs. It does take a little longer to make than a plain push stick but worth the effort.
From the front (toes end) to the back hook of the push stick measures 11-1/2 inches. From the bottom (butt end) to the top of her head measures 6-3/4 Inches. The hook end is about 1 inch long and should extend down between 1/8 – 3/16 inch which will allow the push stick to be used with stock as thin as 1/4 inch. I know that my push sticks pictured have hooks that extend more than those dimensions but they will be shortened as the need arises.
This pattern was the original drawing I used but after the first one, I found that the “hair” on the back didnʻt feel comfortable so I cut it off the pattern.
These push sticks are comfortable to use and are long enough to provide enough leverage to control the wood that Iʻm ripping and keeps my hand my hand a safe distance from the saw blade.
I made these about a month ago and like them better than all the other push sticks that I have.
Theyʻre finished with danish oil.
Thanks for looking. Comments and favorites are always welcomed.
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized