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Forum topic by jcwalleye posted 12-27-2009 04:12 AM 1357 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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jcwalleye

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12-27-2009 04:12 AM

I am fairly new to woodworking and am trying to be somewhat anal about safety. I understand why you shouldn’t use a side featherboard after the saw blade on through cuts, but what about for non-thru cuts like grooves and rabbits? You can sure lock the piece down with top and side featherboards. And then using a push stick keep your hands well away from the blade. Is there a reason a person shouldn’t do that or a better way? Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-27-2009 04:18 AM

There is no reason at all not to do this. It is a safe practice to use feather boards, hold downs and push sticks when making dadoes and rabbets on the table saw.

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#2 posted 12-27-2009 04:21 AM

Not a problem using feather boards on non through cuts as long as your not cutting more than say half way through on something like 3/4” board. Most folks don’t bother for short cuts,They just use push sticks.

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#3 posted 12-27-2009 06:23 AM

IMHO I would not use a feather board after the blade on a tablesaw you could possibly pinch the board against the blade and have the whole thing kick back. It’s bad enough to have a small piece kick back and stick in the wall or your body little own a large piece, if I were to try it (and I would not) I would wear a full face shield like turners wear.
My 2 cents.

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#4 posted 12-27-2009 07:42 AM

as long as its not a through cut you cant pinch it against the blade… just hold it tightly against the fence. It is not only safe but RECOMMENDED because you can’t use a splitter behind the blade so there is nothing to keep the leading end of your stock straight.

I’m not sure John Gray understood your question.

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#5 posted 12-27-2009 08:58 PM

Thanks for the replies. It feels like a safe thing to do.

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#6 posted 12-28-2009 06:39 AM

DUH In a earlier post I thought you were referring to not cutting the full length of a board as in not cutting all the way thru the length of the board having the blade proud of the wood.
So I rescind my earlier comment and agree with the other posts.

PREVIOUS POST: IMHO I would not use a feather board after the blade on a tablesaw you could possibly pinch the board against the blade and have the whole thing kick back. It’s bad enough to have a small piece kick back and stick in the wall or your body little own a large piece, if I were to try it (and I would not) I would wear a full face shield like turners wear.
My 2 cents.

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