High Performance Push Sticks

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Project by Bricofleur posted 09-12-2010 08:23 PM 8891 views 39 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Based on the feeding pads I use on my jointer, I came up with the idea of adding an anti-slip shelf liner strip under a pushstick to see if I could get more control over workpieces on my tablesaw. I had full control in the North/South direction, but not on the East/West, particularly to keep small workpieces tight against the rip fence.

I’m glad I tried. Now, all my pushsticks are lined. I use double-sided tape to stick the shelf liner strips, after sanding the sole of the pushsticks up to 220 grit sandpaper to get a good bound.

These pushsticks greatly increase security level since they “grab” the workpiece for more control in all directions, even backward! Since they are 6’’ tall, my fingers are away from the blade as well as from the rip fence.

Note that the heels have been glued to the sole instead of having been profiled at the band saw.

I use them on my tablesaw and my router tables.



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

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 08:26 PM

nice – a great idea! this is a great way to retrofit already existing push sticks too. thanks!

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 08:39 PM

Really nice, this I have to make.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2010 10:06 PM

Serge, you figured this out really well! It is much more than a push stick, more like a hold-it-in-place stick.
Great idea! I’m making some tomorrow and will call them Serge sticks!

Thanks for posting!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 12:48 AM


I have used this style push stick for over 15 years. I like it better that any other that I have used. I like the idea of the anti-slip shelf liner. Good idea.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#5 posted 09-13-2010 12:51 AM

Looks good.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 01:29 AM

Safety first! Another great shop accessory from Serge. I hope you’ve posted a measured template on your site for people to download.

In my opinion, this kind of push sticks should be discontinued or at least should be sold with a warning:
Push Stick, each $5 –

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 05:20 AM

I have some of that shelf liner lying on the floor. I noticed it today and was going to toss it as too small to use…hmmmm.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 04:01 PM

Great idea. It is on my to do list.


-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#9 posted 09-14-2010 06:55 PM

Hello Serge

Another good idea
well and nicely done

I will be inspired to do some one like this

Have a nice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 09-14-2010 07:13 PM

Hey, this is a pretty good idea that you came up with. I assume that it works pretty good and it will make it a whole lot more safer. Good job.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 09-15-2010 08:06 PM

This is a must try, Serge. Well done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 11:01 AM

Fabulous design… nice idea for the heel and the grip on the base…

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

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