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Forum topic by Karda posted 12-04-2016 06:09 AM 751 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Karda

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12-04-2016 06:09 AM

Hi, I just got a table saw then I got a feather board.but the feather board takes two hand to adjust. dis i get the wrong kind, its a craftsman, I knew what they were for but thats it. IT does the job but it is a pain to adjust here a picture, the curved slot is where the hang up is
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DMC1903

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 06:40 AM

I too purchased that feather board, it works well for some narrow boards and a pain in the arse for others, definitely looking for a alternative

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 06:52 AM

You pretty much need two hands to use any of them… one to push the featherboard against the stock, and the other to lock it down while maintaining that pressure. Is that what you are referring to?

As for alternatives… Why not just make your own?? Great really easy beginner project. There are also magnetic ones available, but requires a table that it can attach to – so granite and aluminium tables can’t use them.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#3 posted 12-04-2016 11:32 AM

As MrUnix mentioned, featherboards do require two hands to setup.

I have a magnetic one, it’s nice and quick to set up, but it isn’t perfect either. If you have a heavy board, or a long one, it’s easy to slide the featherboard out of it’s position. And also, the magnets will not work on top of the miter gauge slot…

I also have a set of Rousseau featherboards, which I really like. Well made, knobs with brass threads, two different pressure sides, “risers” to stack two on top of each other etc. Very useful, you can find them at Amazon for example.

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Karda

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 04:53 PM

I miss spoke when I mentioned two hands, this you can’t just slide back and forth to get the right tension, it wont slide soothly around the curve so ylou end up with the straight slot being where you want it and the curved slot being to tight or to lose, and it take two hand to just twist the board into place. thanks for your advice, I was just wondering if I was doing something wrong, i just cannot get it to slide smoothly. I will make one if I can figure out how to get even feathers

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 05:04 PM

I have that motherboard and use it on my router table and saw. It works well for me. Yes, it takes some effort to set up any motherboard.

I really prefer my Grippppper for smaller pieces and narrow stock.

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 06:50 PM

I can not believe the way auto correct works. I do not use a motherboard but do use a featherboard.

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Karda

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 10:35 PM

if you are responding by way computer you are using a motherboard but I take your meaning

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#8 posted 12-05-2016 01:27 AM

I have one of those and I hate it, for the reason you mentioned. I can’t think of a single reason for having that S shaped curve, except maybe to make it look cute or unique. Get one with straight parallel slots. There are several brands and sources.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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Karda

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#9 posted 12-05-2016 01:57 AM

do you have any recomendations there are so many, also i have a craftsman evlov tableswaw, the mitre slot is undersise and a Tslot, messrures abot 7/8s x !/4

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runswithscissors

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#10 posted 12-05-2016 02:07 AM

Check Amazon. Rocker has some, too. One way you could get around the odd size miter slot would be to find a flat washer that fits in the T slot, then countersink the hole to take a flat headed machine screw that would stick up through the featherboard’s slots. This would require installing it from the end, but would be more secure than the ones that depend on friction to hold them in place. I also am not terribly fond of those.

In fact, I think I’ll try out this idea with my own featherboards.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#11 posted 12-05-2016 02:16 AM

Harbor Freight sells them. Cheapo plastic but they do the job and adjust easily. And for $7 bucks can’t be beat. If you have a cast iron table top the Magswitch featherboards are a treat to use. Even cheaper on eBay.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#12 posted 12-05-2016 04:44 AM



Harbor Freight sells them. Cheapo plastic but they do the job and adjust easily. And for $7 bucks can t be beat. If you have a cast iron table top the Magswitch featherboards are a treat to use. Even cheaper on eBay.

- Ripper70

Thanks for the tip, been thinking about making one but hey for $7 at HF why bother?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Karda

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#13 posted 12-05-2016 04:57 AM

thanks for the tips and advice, I;ll check out ebay and amozon

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#14 posted 12-05-2016 01:00 PM

I just bought one of these Magswitch Featherboards (realtively) cheap off ebay and I love it. While I use both hands to set it, you can technically set it with only one. It is nice because it can be used on either side of the blade and doesn’t require a miter slot to be used. I have the HF one too and it works fine and is really cheap but can only be used on the left side of the board so has limited use on a bandsaw for example.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Karda

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#15 posted 12-05-2016 05:00 PM

thanks I;ll look into it, are the magnets strong and how do they work on slotted tables, my banssaw has a slotted top trhanks

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