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Forum topic by surfin2 posted 11-04-2010 10:07 PM 5103 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-04-2010 10:07 PM

As far as I know there’s 3 feather boards on the market, (not counting the magnetic ones)
What do you use in your shop, Kreg – Bench Dog – Milescraft, or do you make your own…
The Bench Dog & Milescraft ore very simiilar, I wanted to hear from WW what they prefered of the 2 styles…
The American Woodworker has a Kreg RT but uses bench dog feather boards woodSmith Shop also has a Kreg RT with Kreg feather boards…

-- Rick

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#1 posted 11-04-2010 10:11 PM

I have 3 magnetic’s and the rest are shop made

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 11-04-2010 10:13 PM

I have two from Kreg, two from Harbor Freight, and a handful of shop-made.

-- -- Neil

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#3 posted 11-04-2010 10:21 PM

I have a couple that were made by Shop-Smith. I almost never use them. For me it just seems like they get in the way and I personally feel like I have more control with out them… Maybe I should use them more.

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#4 posted 11-04-2010 10:21 PM

I Have one of these magnetic ones:

And several of these:

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-04-2010 10:22 PM

I have several made by Shopsmith and several by Jointech. Each is designed for their respective tool. Then I have around a dozen I’ve made for specific purposes….then found I could use them other places, too.

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#6 posted 11-04-2010 10:37 PM

At school we have several like Charlie’s second picture, I don’t know the brand name off hand though. We also have dozens of hand made ones designed for what ever machine they are for. We use them on the table saw and shaper alot, and sometimes with the router.
At home I don’t have any, but would make one if I needed it. I don’t use many “big” tools at home, and I cant think of a reason to put a feather board on my scroll saw.

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#7 posted 11-04-2010 10:45 PM

I have one of these. (Which I DO not recommend, too short to be useful).

And one like this (but plastic) that came in a Woodworkers safety kit from Harbor Freight.

I also have a couple of shop made feather boards.

I have 4 of the Kregs on my Christmas shopping wish list.

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#8 posted 11-04-2010 10:51 PM

I have 2 Benchdog singles and 1 tandem.Been very happy with them.I also have the miterslot adapter for them

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#9 posted 11-04-2010 10:58 PM

I make my own, always have. Have a few that were made before I was born as well.

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#10 posted 11-05-2010 12:12 AM

I bought one of the yellow ones that fits in the miter slot to try (no idea what brand it was, I think I got it at Woodcraft). I found the fingers to be too brittle, too slick, and just lousy in general. The home made ones just work so much nicer for me and take a grand total of maybe 3 minutes to make on the bandsaw including time to look for some wood to make a new one.

To me, the wooden ones let the wood slide better forward, grab better to prevent the reverse direction, and don’t take as much pressure to hold the wood steady. The wooden ones that they sell would be ok if they were wider. I like mine to be at least 5 or 6 inches wide. and make some of them a couple feet long to be able to clamp it wherever I want.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#11 posted 11-05-2010 12:34 AM

I use homemade feather boards that use mag-switches to keep them in place. Works pretty good.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#12 posted 11-05-2010 01:48 AM

Im kind of a newbie and bought this one and like it. You basically get two for the price of one.

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#13 posted 11-05-2010 09:07 PM

Milescraft, they were on blowout at Menards 2 and a push shoe for $10. They work fine and I like the expansion bars, much easier than T-bolts in my mind.

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#14 posted 11-09-2010 06:42 AM

Sorry but don’t use the feather boards you mention. I use Magswitch Magnetic Featherboards or home made.

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#15 posted 11-09-2010 07:36 PM

Sorry but don’t use the feather boards you mention. I use Magswitch Magnetic Featherboards or home made.

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