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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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Wdwerker

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 10:29 PM

Looks good. Where did you get your magnets?

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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airfieldman

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 11:32 PM

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 01-11-2013 12:39 AM

Great thinking very good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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BusterB

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#4 posted 01-11-2013 01:00 AM

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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 01:23 AM

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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ChuckM

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#6 posted 01-11-2013 02:45 AM

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

http://www.princessauto.com/pal/category/1000-360-015-005-020/Magnets
http://www.magnetsource.com/Solutions_Pages/handlemags.html

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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Roger

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#7 posted 01-11-2013 01:34 PM

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

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Rob W

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#8 posted 01-11-2013 01:51 PM

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!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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JesseTutt

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#9 posted 01-11-2013 02:06 PM

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

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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Nkosika

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 04:27 PM

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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NormG

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#11 posted 01-12-2013 01:35 AM

Now, that is thinking outside of the wood box

-- Norman

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