TS Featherboard (Shop-Made)

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Project by rance posted 11-03-2010 08:06 PM 4130 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m looking to build a featherboard for cutting some very specific stock. I thought I’d seen one that that held stock both down and sideways but I googled and could not find it. I doubt it would meet ALL my requirements anyways so I plan on building one.

I want to be able to use it on both cast iron and non-cast iron TS’s so magnetic attachment is not desired. I figured attaching it to my fence with a small bar clamp would best fit the bill. I will be using this primarilly for stripping 5/8” from 3/4” material so adjustability is not a big deal. I’ll also be using it for chamfering the corner of the 5/8” strips by tilting the blade and burying it in a sacrificial fence.

I mocked this up in SketchUp to get the dimensions worked out. The feather part will be made using 1/8” birch plywood. I’m sure I’ll taper the ends a bit (which the pic does not indicate). I’ve shown the block in transparent yellow so you could get a better idea of the construction. No hardware fasteners will be used, only glue. All comments and constructive criticism are welcome.

Note: Yeah, technically it is not yet ‘finished’, but I will update it with a pic when it is. Hopefully that will be on Friday. Maybe even THIS friday. :D

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#1 posted 11-03-2010 08:31 PM

Interesting, I don’t understand how your going to complete the cut though. I don’t see how you will finish pushing the wood through because there is no space for a push block to pass.

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

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#2 posted 11-03-2010 08:37 PM

I have hundreds of sticks to pass through this, one right after another. Not to mention that each one has to go through 4 times when cutting the chamfers. The final one becomes a sacrificial push stick.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 11-03-2010 09:06 PM

”The final one becomes a sacrificial push stick.

A metaphor for life.

Truer words were never spoken ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 11-03-2010 09:22 PM

CPB: Nope, the blade would be burried in a sacrificial fence. Only about 1/4” of it showing. Running UNDER the blade could cause all kinds of trouble. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing it on the router as long as one is available when/where this is being done. Basically the same setup, minimal sharp cutter exposed.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 03:43 AM

I see you’re starting another project….

Trimming the corner off all your pen blanks?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 12:35 PM

Hmmmm…it seems that there would be many other more safe methods. Consider doing the chamfers on a router table. Good luck.

-- I think of Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Batman when he says "Where does he get those wonderful toys" and ask WHERE DO U GUYS GET ALL THAT WONDERFUL WOOD?

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#7 posted 05-20-2011 05:17 PM

Hi rance,
You mentioned that you had seen a double featherboard, and I think that the one you might be referring to can be seen on the Lee Valley Tools site at . . .,240,45884
They also have other types such as . . .,240,45884,60022 . . . that you can have a look at with their search function.

Hope this helps,

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 08-28-2012 07:56 PM

Are you using 3/4×3/4 stock, ripping it to 5/8? Did you make one for the 3/4×3/4? Seems you wood rip 5/8×3/4 first, then 5/8×5/8?

-- "ButI'mMuchBetterNow"

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