|Review by Marcus||posted 01-02-2013 02:55 PM||2526 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
I’m assuming like a lot of other LJ’ers out there, I tend not to use feather boards because they always seem like a hassle to get placed. When I am going to make a cut that would really benefit or I see a safety issue with, I would use them, but generally speaking, they sat dormant. I have seen these magnetic feather boards for a couple years and thought they were a bit of a gimmick, so disregarded them. Over the years though, good reviews keep piling up so with the 20% coupon I just got in the mail, I headed down to Rockler to pick one up.
I got home and like any kid w/ a new toy, I ripped the packaging off and went down to the basement to play. I was beyond impressed at the holding power of this little feather board. Yes, you can move it if you REALLY try, but for most wood cuts I do on the table saw, it has more than enough holding power. The real test I gave it was cutting an inch off of a 30”x62” solid hardwood desktop I was working on this. This is a big and unwieldy chunk of wood and because of the size and shape, its not hard to put a lot of pressure on the feather board with just a simple push of the corner. The Magswitch didn’t move, and I was sold.
I’ve used the board since on nearly every cut, and like it just as much as day one. Moving it or making an adjustment takes just a few seconds, so I have no reason not to use it. Storage for the thing is great, since I can just slap it on the edge of the saw. The only drawback I’ve found to the feather board is the price. Even with 20% off, this feather board was still $50. In my opinion, thats a pretty hefty price for a feather board. I am not sure what the mark up on them is, so it may be a reasonable price, I dont know.