My favorite jointer / planer push tool

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My favorite jointer / planer push tool
thought it was about time to share…

Made this push tool for my planer and table saw about four yeas back, just found the old pictures and thought it was about time to share…
Made from some cheap scrap plywood and took app half a hour to make, so really; there are no reason not to.
The Stanley type handle makes it really comfortable to use and allows for a firm grip and fair down force.
I can’t remember why I choose the shape and the front push version, but I can tell I like using it.
Most of all it keeps me safe and makes me work in calmness when using the planer.

1. In action by the table saw.
2. Drawing the shape on a piece of scrap plywood.
3. Gluing two layers to get the thickness I want.
4. Cut to shape.
5. Shaping on a drum sander.
6. Perhaps not beautiful but sure is functional.

Hope it can be to some inspiration for shop safety.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 09:38 PM

Mads, you came up with an unusual shape (reversed). I don’t know if I would like it, but I’m willing to give it a try. So many times new ideas made a long way ! Thanks for posting, even years later ! :)



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

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 09:38 PM

Looks like it would a good job on the joiner or table saw. I don’t see how it would work on my planer.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 09:43 PM

Well, that certainly looks odd. It just doesn’t look “normal” to have your hand ahead of the wood. Now, with that said I think this might be a great idea. It looks like you have a good and safe grip on the piece. Once I train my brain to accept something different from the same old way, this looks like it may be the answer. I will absolutely be trying this. Thank you for sharing.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 10:21 PM

Nice one Mads You keep the pressure on the front of the board while pushing with the bottom ear!

Kind of a pull stick!!

Cheers, my friend!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 10:35 PM

Looks like it would a good job on the joiner or table saw. I don t see how it would work on my planer.

- WoodNSawdust

In Europe, they call a jointer a planer, or surface planer, and a what we call a planer is usually called a thicknesser, or thickness planer.

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 11:04 PM

Dang that looks like two of the ones I made!
Yeah Mads!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 11:21 PM

Nice design!

I need to make a couple of these, my old ones have been sawn through to the point they are becoming dangerous.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 11-23-2015 12:31 AM

Nice design!

I need to make a couple of these, my old ones have been sawn through to the point they are becoming dangerous.

- lew

Same here, I am going to make at least one of these and one of the old ones and see which one I like better. Thanks for the idea Madts!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#9 posted 11-23-2015 02:38 AM

Nice shop safety project, Mads. I like the arrow on it, saves brain power trying to figure it out! I don’t see your mark on it, though. Is it not worthy?

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 11-23-2015 03:34 AM

Unusual design. My arms would have to be longer to use one like that.

I can see that having the grip in the front would help keep the pressure on the wood.

I still prefer having the handle towards the rear … just my opinion.

My Girl Sticks (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 wide) are still my favorites.

Thanks for sharing your version.

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

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Chris Moellering

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#11 posted 11-23-2015 06:43 AM

Makes good sense to me. I was just ripping some thin stock this weekend and wasn’t satisfied with the performance of the traditional “push stick” I have. This looks like it would have worked better to keep the wood on the table and fingers on the hands. (Still have all 10, no nicks!)

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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Ted Ewen

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#12 posted 11-23-2015 08:16 AM

My Girl Sticks (1/4, 1/2, 3/4 wide) are still my favorites.
- tyvekboy

Ok, 2 things:
1) Do NOT google for “girl sticks”!
2) I take it you mean these? ?

Nice :D

-- Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass.

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#13 posted 11-23-2015 08:43 AM

not sure I’d like my wrist that close to the blade, but I like he shape – very ergonomic.

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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#14 posted 11-23-2015 10:21 AM

I like your design also. I have been using a similar design for a number of years also. While the hand position is not as far forward as yours, it is not conventional.

I like how this design allows the user to keep a certain amount of pressure on the work piece while machining.

Nicely done Mads,
Thanks for sharing,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland -

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#15 posted 11-23-2015 01:33 PM

Looks great Mads. The nice thing about these shop made push sticks is that we can make them in whatever style suits us. They do tend to take the thrill out of sawing and planing (that’s a good thing).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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