Shop Tip - Poor man's magnetic featherboard - $15 per unit

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A Magswitch featherboard costs $60 or so. This kind of versatile featherboard can be had for under $15…if you have a scrap piece of board around (who doesn’t?) and some spare time in your shop.

The secret is in the pair of handle magnets (100 lb which is about $6 – 8 each): use them with a notched featherboard. Pull the magnets sideway and they come off easily.

For more magnetic shop tips for woodworkers, check out the February 2013 issue of Woodworkers’ Journal.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 546 days ago

Looks good. Where did you get your magnets?

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 546 days ago

This is great! I just placed an order for similar magnets through Amazon. For a pair (with shipping) about $18.

One question though…did you cover/protect the bottom of the magnets so it won’t damage the surface of your TS?

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#3 posted 546 days ago

Great thinking very good job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 546 days ago

Sweeet project…..and a money saver to boot…..

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 546 days ago

Great tip!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 546 days ago

The handle magnets can also be bought at some shops selling auto supplies, eBay, etc. Examples:

For full strength, I use the magnets as is and don’t worry about the cosmetic scratches.

Thanks for all the comments.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#7 posted 545 days ago

I luv frugality… Thnx for sharin this simple and effective tip.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 545 days ago

Old computer hard drives have really strong magnets in them. I have a bunch of them screwed to the wall in my shop and can almost hang the table saw from them.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#9 posted 545 days ago

Great idea. I noticed that Harbor Freight has them ion their web site.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#10 posted 545 days ago

Ooooh that is clever and a lot better than my idea of covering my tablesaw with velcro, hehehe. Thanks for links to the parts too!

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#11 posted 545 days ago

Now, that is thinking outside of the wood box

-- Norman

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