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Project by FlWoodRat posted 08-21-2009 04:54 PM 2006 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a push block to help me joint some slender wood. This little project took about an hour to make at a cost of $1. I had some cherry scrap and the 2” hardwood balls laying around the shop. I did have to buy two #10 2” brass screws. I’m slow, so it probably took me about a half an hour to lay out, cut and chop the Dovetails and another half hour to do predrill the balls, attach them and apply a coat of linseed oil. After the oil cured, I put a coat of Johnson’s Paste wax on it..

Have a safe and productive day in your shop.

Rat

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....





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#1 posted 08-21-2009 05:07 PM

Wow, that’s too pretty to use for a push stick. But it’s very nice to use nice things when you’re working.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#2 posted 08-21-2009 05:18 PM

Great job! You’er having too much fun…

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#3 posted 08-21-2009 05:30 PM

Sorry, that wouldn’t work for me. I think I’d probably use my fingers to push the wood through rather than taking a chance on cutting up the cherry!

Seriously though, a job most excellent!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 08-21-2009 05:58 PM

Nice I like it awesome look but I agree I would probably use it and miss calculate and end up cutting it up.

-- David '65

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#5 posted 08-21-2009 06:52 PM

Bruce, you have way too much time on your hands!!! :) You just couldn’t settle for simply screwing a plate onto the sole of the push stick!! Putting it on with dovetails moves this from a simple shop jig to the furniture level.

Seriously this is a nice tool that should help you with your jointing and be much safer to use. I made a something vaguely similar out of some 8/4 cherry but it is no comparison to yours. One thing I have found with mine is that, unless I am careful about the feed pressure, I can put enough pressure using the push block to start bogging the motor down when I am face jointing. But it is a much safer alternative to the little rubber push blocks that are supplied by the manufacturer.

Nice job!!

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

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#6 posted 08-22-2009 12:20 AM

Ummm….I hate you. Just kidding.

I just feel inferior for using the scrap I have and cutting/attaching as quickly as possible.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#7 posted 08-22-2009 03:37 AM

what no gold inlay

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 07:27 AM

A1Jim, No, There is no Gold Inlay. However, I did put a double layer of gold leafing on the bottom surface. Because gold is one of the softest metals, I thought it would prevent marking/marring of the materials being jointed. I did not show the bottom because I didnt want my fellow LJ’s thinking I was, well, being austentatious or just showing off.

Now, if any of you believe that, I’ve got some land in Florida for sale. LOL.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#9 posted 08-22-2009 06:24 PM

Rat it looks great.

Have you used it yet, I am curious how the round balls worked for handles?

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 08-22-2009 06:39 PM

Innovator,

Thanks for your comment.

The round balls work great. I spaced them by laying the block on a piece of stock and then placing my hands on it. That gave me the approximate location for the balls. Then I predrilled the base and the balls and just screwed it together using #10, 2” straight slot screws.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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