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Project by littlecope posted 06-23-2010 05:55 PM 2222 views 6 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the imminent arrival of the new Jointer, I was advised by the Patron not to trust the plastic pushers they supply you with… He said they can slip and that I should make a “real” one…
I’m one to take advise about safety, especially when it comes from Brother David, so I whipped this up this morning in anticipation…
I used an old beloved and comfortable hand saw to draw out the handle… made from some Oak that was hanging around. The handle and cleat are screwed and countersunk to the body from the underside…
I’m in the process of spraying on some Poly to make it look good… Simple stuff, but I’m rather fond of my fingers!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.





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JimmyJack

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#1 posted 06-23-2010 05:58 PM

Man…I hope that’s red paint…lol. Nice work on the push block.

-- Jim -- Louisville, KY

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 06:02 PM

Nice, Mike!

Lew

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

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#3 posted 06-23-2010 06:05 PM

Oops!!
I never thought of how that might look, but yes, that is paint!! LOL

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 06:31 PM

Good thinking, Mike. Get your action on safety in before the event.

Yes I still have all my fingers, though I’ve gone through many, many pushsticks.

Stay safe, stay alert, stay posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 06:44 PM

That’s a great idea. Few things scare me more than the jointer. The thought of accidentally slipping my hand into the blades makes me shutter. I’ve always used my plastic pushers and I have always thought they were not quite adequate.

I’ll have a least one of these before the next time I turn on the jointer.

FYI – Some statistics indicate that jointers cause the most serious accidents per hour of use.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 06:49 PM

Looks like you are ready to go once your jointer gets there. Congrats!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 07:06 PM

Love the idea of using a favorite comfortable handle for the pattern. Great push block!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#8 posted 06-23-2010 07:27 PM

Nice job. Anything special on the underside to make it stick to the wood?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#9 posted 06-23-2010 08:08 PM

Mike, nice job on the push stick.

I’m with David on the home made push sticks

for a very diffrent reason….they just look better!!!

Not only that but what kind of wood worker fills his

shop with plastic sticks???? I’ll read your longer blog

tonight after I get home from work….Don’t wear out

your britches waiting for the freight truck!!! LOL

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 06-23-2010 08:14 PM

Mike—- I’ve grown attached to my fingers, too. Which is why I made up some similar push blocks … http://lumberjocks.com/projects/32805 .

Rich is right … my wife works in medical records at a pretty good-sized hospital, and she compiled some internal records that showed they get more urgent care and emergency room traffic from jointers than they do tablesaws.

Nice work!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#11 posted 06-23-2010 09:31 PM

It’s the best way to be pushy LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#12 posted 06-23-2010 10:33 PM

Nice job, Mike… keep those fingers, they come in handy for cooking!!
Did you put any non skid material on the bottom or are you just using the cleat?
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 06-23-2010 10:44 PM

Thats the first time I’ve seen dried blood used as a non-slip agent, lol.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#14 posted 06-23-2010 10:55 PM

Ten fingers going into the shop ten fingers coming back out… works for me…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#15 posted 06-24-2010 12:03 AM

I guess I am getting the wake up call to make one too.

Great job on that handle it looks comfortable.

and to TheDane Nice push stick.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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