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Nice upgrade#2: A tablesaw pushstick

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Project by Julian posted 04-24-2009 11:47 PM 2287 views 19 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I have been busy in the shop procrastinating on projects, but cranking out shop aids left and right. I have more fun building tools than furniture. It’s probably due to the fact that once the furniture is done, its out the door while shop projects are always there to look at and use.

For this suped up push stick I used walnut for the base and handle. For the handle, I copied my Disston backsaw shape. The body is 1/8” baltic birch plywood that is held to the base with three 1/4” bloodwood plugs, and attached to the handle with brass split nuts. The back of the base has a dovetail slot that holds the replaceable heel. I finished this one with BLO, and beeswax.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL





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#1 posted 04-25-2009 12:13 AM

Nice pushstick!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 12:21 AM

Looks good

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#3 posted 04-25-2009 12:29 AM

Tihis one is really almost too nice. Your jointer push stick I’m envious of and I can see myself using it. This one I would be really unhappy to nick up on a tablesaw, which I think is more likely than with the jointer. Great job anyway, and thanks for posting it!

-- Chris

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#4 posted 04-25-2009 01:25 AM

Nice tool… there is something to be said about having nicely made hand made tools… doesn’t it suggest that the craftsman puts in as much detail and skill into his furniture projects? And what better place to practice the skills? Can I guess one could pick up as many tips and tricks in making something like this push stick as one would obtain in building a cabinet? .... rhetorical questions… I just paused to admire the work and think about it.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 04-25-2009 01:47 AM

brilliant!

-- Scott

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#6 posted 04-25-2009 02:35 AM

Thanks for the safety class…... I have never had a bad enough kickback to make me think I would ever break my fingers. I am only using a 1/12 hp motor, not a 5 hp beast. Besides, this is a variation of a pushstick that I have been using for over 10 years, and I can safely say that I still have all of my fingers thanks to this design.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 04-25-2009 02:39 AM

ok, now stop it. I have my on projects to work on. How can I get them done if I if you keep this up. Pretty and clean joinery.

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

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#8 posted 04-25-2009 03:08 AM

Hey Julian very Nice push sticks
Re skarps remarks I feel that if you have kick back at 100 mph your probably not using a push stick or at least not using one in an effective manner in twenty five years I may have had one or two kick backs and and a close call or two and it is always due to focus . I usually will use two push sticks one to push and one to guide if it’s a close cutting operation. I use a pretty plain push stick shaped like an “L” with a boot shape on each end. I always tell my students to err on the side of safety and of course there are other ways to control kick back like feather boards,saw guards with anti kick back devices or when in doubt about how flat or straight a board is use the band saw.
Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 04-25-2009 03:24 AM

Wow… Now THAT’s a pushstickl!!
Gorgeous! I want one…

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#10 posted 04-25-2009 03:44 AM

Too pretty to use! Nice job.

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

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#11 posted 04-25-2009 05:11 AM

Hi Julian.

that’s nice pushstick, i have one but not as neat as yours,
and yes its keep my fingers complite still as well.

-- http://picasaweb.google.com/deniirawan66

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#12 posted 04-25-2009 01:35 PM

About the best looking push stick I have ever seen, great job.

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#13 posted 04-25-2009 02:30 PM

Very beautiful push stick. Do not keep it, use it, I’m sure you can make many more like that, just in case.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#14 posted 04-25-2009 03:28 PM

Thanks for the comments. I plan on using it and yes it will get beat up. I can always make more feet for it when this one gets tore up. The handle will last a lifetime, and that was the real time consuming part of the project.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#15 posted 04-26-2009 03:37 PM

I would like to stay and chat, but I have to get started on my new pushstick…..LOL
Looks great

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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