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Shop Trick - Router Table Cross Grain Tearout-Free Push Block

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Project by ChuckM posted 07-10-2013 01:22 AM 2397 views 14 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This shop tip was published in FWM (Feb. 2008), the original idea of shop tip master Serge Duclos. It backs up a workpiece as it is pushed against the router fence. The handle is skewed towards the fence and the holes allow gripping of the workpiece to the push board. No tear-out, no tears!

Simple to make: cut a square piece and attach a handle at angle to the board, a 5 to 10-min job.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted





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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 07-10-2013 02:53 AM

nice tip, thanks

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

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schuft

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#2 posted 07-10-2013 03:17 PM

I did something similar, but on mine I cut several holes next to the leading face, so I could clamp the workpiece to the block. That way my hands are farther from the bit.

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Diggerjacks

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#3 posted 07-10-2013 05:07 PM

Hello ChuckM

A nice tip for safety

Thanks to serge for the tip

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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steliart

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#4 posted 07-10-2013 07:03 PM

very cool idea
thanks for sharing

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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Dave G

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 12:38 AM

Maybe others are afraid to look like an idiot for asking. (But I already know I’m an idiot). The workpiece you show in the first photo is thicker than the backing board. Wouldn’t that chip out on a router pass? Isn’t a sacrificial backing board at least as thick a the workpiece needed? Nice work by the way.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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ChuckM

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 12:50 AM

You are very observant, Dave. When I took the mock-up photo, I thought people would wonder or ask about the spiral bit set so high, which seem to be a little out of place for the workpiece in question.

To answer your question, the whole pic was taken about the router backer board and I just put the fence and workpiece with whatever bit that I just used prior to taking the photo. The set-up shown in the picture would make sense if the straight bit was set much lower, say, to cut a tenon and in that case, the thinner backer board might still work.

Thanks for asking and pointing out the odd set-up.

And thanks to all other LJs for their comments.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 07-11-2013 01:02 AM

I wondered about the bit and set up but decided it was just a picture of the project not in actual use. You can’t get away with anything on LJ ;-))

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

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