Nice upgrade: A real push block!!

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Project by Julian posted 04-24-2009 12:13 AM 3385 views 30 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After using one of those cheapy plastic push blocks with the foam bottom for the last ten years, I got fed up and made a real one. I copied the tote on my hand plane and set out shaping the mildly curly maple. The best part is the dovetailed stop in the rear of the push stick. It is just pressure fit, so if it ever needs to be replaced, it’s as easy as pushing it out, and replacing it. Plus the fact that there is no metal to worry about coming in contact with the planer blades. For extra grip underneath, I glued a scrap piece of 80 grit cloth backed sandpaper to it.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 04-24-2009 12:25 AM

Too pretty to use. You are going to have to build a shelf to set it on now!

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#2 posted 04-24-2009 12:42 AM

That really looks nice, and safe.
Just in time for safety week coming up.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#3 posted 04-24-2009 12:48 AM

I like it! Has it been put to use yet? what are the dimensions? Oh, and good craftsmanship.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#4 posted 04-24-2009 01:10 AM

Yes, I used it quite a bit today, and it works great. The base is 12×2 1/4, and is 7/8 thick.

I think I should make a few more variation to this. One for use with the tablesaw, and another for holding down the front of long boards while face jointing them.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#5 posted 04-24-2009 01:14 AM

adding to my favorites.
nice work, looks great.

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#6 posted 04-24-2009 01:32 AM

Thanks Julian, per darryl, going in my favorites.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#7 posted 04-24-2009 01:51 AM

I like this one a lot. My dang list of things to make keeps growing.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#8 posted 04-24-2009 02:18 AM

I agree with Dennis…too pretty to use!


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#9 posted 04-24-2009 02:19 AM

Very nicely built push block!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 04-24-2009 03:54 AM

Very nice! I posted one a couple of weeks ago!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#11 posted 04-24-2009 08:18 AM

Other than the one visible screw , what holds the handle in place ? You did a great job on this : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 04-24-2009 09:16 AM

Very nice !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#13 posted 04-24-2009 11:27 AM

This is a nice upgrade that definately will work better than those cheesy push blocks that come with the tools. I am going to have to do one as well.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#14 posted 04-24-2009 02:38 PM

Dusty, there is a screw in the bottom that holds the tote in place. I countersunk it 5/16 deep so it won’t ever come into contact with the blades by accident. I thought of using a dowel, but I didn’t have one at the time.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#15 posted 04-24-2009 03:54 PM

practical and pretty, on my must do and favorite list.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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