|Project by sillac||posted 12-21-2012 04:36 AM||3237 views||40 times favorited||13 comments|
I came up with this push block that is great for holding small and thin parts to be cut on the table saw, works good with larger parts also, and thought that some of you might like to build one or something like it. Was very easy to build.
I used scrap 3/4 in. ply for the body, it could have been 1/2 in. and some scrap oak for the handle, put together with glue and 1 1/2 in. air driven nails, keep the nails high enough that the blade won’t hit them. The “fingers” that drop down to hold parts close to the blade are scrap 1/2 in. ply.
The inside width for the body is the thickness of the number of “fingers” you want to use, I used 6, plus about 1/8 in. The large holes in these “fingers” allow for movement up and down and then the bolts are tightened to hold them in place. The heads of these bolts are inset in a plywood insert on the fence side of the push block.
I used stick on weather stripping on the bottom edge of the body and the bottom of the “fingers” and it does a very good job in holding onto the part being cut. The idea is to raise the “finger” that would be cut, up out of the way of the blade, and the “fingers” on either side of the blade hold the part and the waste. I did put a couple coats of shellac on all parts.
-- Steve in Oregon,