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Project by Jeffery Mullen posted 07-18-2012 07:35 AM 4157 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a bunch of scrap press board laying around and needed to make something out of it so push sticks came to mind. After all we jocks do go through a number of push sticks in a year and it is better that they meet with the blade and not our fingers. This is a real nice design and works well. It is like the handle of a hand saw made into a push stick for the table saw. I took the band saw and cut them out after tracing the patterns on each board. I drilled a hole in the center then used my scroll saw to cut the middle part out of these. I used my router table to put the round smooth edge on them on the inside part and outer parts of these. Will gotta go rip some boards on my table saw and use my new push sticks for safe sake.

Thanks for looking.





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Ken90712

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#1 posted 07-18-2012 07:49 AM

Nice work. Never can enough push sticks. Fom the pic it looks like the hole where your hand grabs it is close to the bottom where the blade could come through. Have you ran into this or is it just the angle of the pic?

They do look comfy!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jeffery Mullen

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#2 posted 07-18-2012 07:57 AM

Yes very comfy. I keep my hands to the top part of the push sticks and I don’t use this push stick with my blade sticking out more than 1/4 of a inch above the board I am cutting. Still got all my fingers and plan on keeping them.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-18-2012 11:02 AM

Wow, those look pretty all in a row! What came to mind was Zigfield Follies and the Rockettes!

(Can you tell how old I am!!!) :D

Seriously – they are awesome. My friend Bernie who is in his 80’s and has been doing woodworking all of his life still makes me cringe when he uses a stick with a NAIL STICKING OUT OF IT for a push stick!!!!! YIKES!!!!! It is just a disaster waiting to happen.

Having stable and safe push sticks is so important. These are awesome. Having lots of them will mean that you won’t ‘forget’ to use them. There will always be one right near by.

Great post! :)

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Alexandre

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#4 posted 07-18-2012 01:02 PM

Sheila, I don’t even know the rockettes and whatname.
Nice push sticks… Can you send me a few? :)

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jaysonic

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#5 posted 07-18-2012 01:47 PM

Very cool, just might have to make some of these for myself!

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#6 posted 07-18-2012 03:44 PM

Sorry to be the one to throw the wrench into the gears sort of speak, they are great but I would be too nervous to use them next to a raised blade that’s a little too close for comfort, one wrong move and zing goes a finger or three! I to have made theese a few months ago and came to that conclusion. Maybe you could redesign them to be safer? SORRY but thats just my two cents.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#7 posted 07-18-2012 04:36 PM

@Bob,

From everything I have read and in all my experience of ripping, you are supposed to only lift the blade just high enough that it makes a clean cut through the wood. I remember that safety was one of the reasons for doing so, a smoother cut was another because the tips of the blade never completely leave the stability of the surrounding wood. There were a few other reasons as well. I just can’t remember them. However, if you follow the guide of only having the blade 1/8” to 1/4” exposed above the wood then these push sticks are extremely safe.

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Bob817

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#8 posted 07-18-2012 04:49 PM

@JamesN As I tell everyone else there your fingers, it’s your life do what you want . Like I said That’s just my two cents Good Luck!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#9 posted 07-18-2012 04:52 PM

Shelia…nice comparison. Those are nice push sticks.

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#10 posted 07-18-2012 05:59 PM

those are nice push sticks! I’ll try my self soon

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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John's Woodshop

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#11 posted 07-18-2012 06:11 PM

Those are a really nice design and the craftsmanship is OUTSTANDING!!! But, I am with Bob on this one, that was the first thing I thought was man those are kinda short. For me…....and again FOR ME…..I would be more comfortable with the shoe being a bit higher so my hand is at least above the height of the fence. But again…...that is just me!

John

-- John -- Racine, WI -- Woodworking..."It's not just a Hobby, it's an Adventure"

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Jeffery Mullen

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#12 posted 07-18-2012 07:57 PM

If I plan on selling some in the future and or giving some as gifts I will make sure it has more bottom to the sticks guys. What I feel and think is safe for me isn’t always the case for other lumber jocks.

Thanks for the impute and comments on these push sticks.

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cutworm

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 11:41 PM

Nice job. Added to my list of projects.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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#14 posted 07-19-2012 12:20 AM

Wonderful push sticks. Nice job and I get you are set for a while

-- Norman

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#15 posted 07-19-2012 05:44 AM

can you ship me one i like the design and would like to copy it or send me a pdf of the patern if you could

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