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Forum topic by woodworm1962 posted 02-18-2018 03:32 PM 867 views 0 times favorited 18 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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woodworm1962

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02-18-2018 03:32 PM

I saw this on amazon today…. Unless I am missing something whomever designed this missed something huge…

At first glance I thought this thing was spring loaded and was like I am gunna buy it..

I rip a ton of 2×6s and every time I do I have to scout my featherboard in. And thought I could set this thing and it would swing in to accommodate the now thinner stock. Only have to set it one time and it would snap.

I was reading about it and it simply lets you manually swing it closer. So whats the big deal if you have to adjust it after every pass like before??

AM IA MISSING SOMETHING?

NOPE not missing a thing….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh3CYM7otfA

This would be the greatest featherboard in the world if IT WAS SPRING LOADED and swung in then you pushed your stock through then it opened up but still had pressure to hold the now thinner stock!

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Loren

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#1 posted 02-18-2018 03:41 PM

I was considering buying some plastic
feather boards recently and was surprised
at how pricey they’ve become. The hedgehog
looks interesting though.

They don’t solve every situation because
they’re magnetic, but I’ve found the old
Grip-tite featherboards the most useful
and quick to set up of those I’ve used.
The company went under but the
product can be found on ebay.

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woodworm1962

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#2 posted 02-18-2018 03:58 PM

This may be my next purchase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uOwh2-d-xg


I was considering buying some plastic
feather boards recently and was surprised
at how pricey they ve become. The hedgehog
looks interesting though.

They don t solve every situation because
they re magnetic, but I ve found the old
Grip-tite featherboards the most useful
and quick to set up of those I ve used.
The company went under but the
product can be found on ebay.

- Loren


-- No one likes the truth...

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 02-18-2018 04:02 PM

Made my own, simple yet effective and was a good exercise. Something different.

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

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#4 posted 02-18-2018 04:11 PM

It’s getting pretty easy to drop $100 on these
sorts of products. I won’t argue that they
aren’t cool though. Just pricey. I think
Grip-tite may have had liability problems…
dunno. INCA machinery withdrew from the
US market because of an injury lawsuit.

I’ve used various devices over the years. For
some router table work hold-downs are essential.
For the table saw I usually use a “short fence”
that ends where the blade begins. It helps
avoid some problems.

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dhazelton

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#5 posted 02-18-2018 04:35 PM

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to adapt a spring loaded porkchop from a jointer to a tablesaw bed? The porkchop keeps the blades covered but would it work as a feather board as well?

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#6 posted 02-18-2018 05:21 PM

I wonder if anyone has ever tried to adapt a spring loaded porkchop from a jointer to a tablesaw bed? The porkchop keeps the blades covered but would it work as a feather board as well?
- dhazelton

The point of a featherboard is to NOT move, and provide sufficient force against the stock – with only the spring loading of the fingers providing any give. I doubt a spring loaded one would provide sufficient force, and if it did, it would have very limited movement since the spring would have to be extremely strong.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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woodworm1962

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#7 posted 02-18-2018 05:24 PM

Well here is what I was getting at. This would be one hell of a product.. if it was spring loaded. I rip a lot of 2 by material and I am always having to reset the FB to push against the now thinner piece. then a thinner one then a thinner on and so on and that what this was and had almost pushed the checkout button thinking that.

LIKE juts how this SAFETY COVER/GUARD SWINGS AWAY AND IN! on this joiner.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNRwAi5xekA

MAYBE I will just copyright that!

-- No one likes the truth...

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#8 posted 02-18-2018 05:28 PM

I have a cheap feather board from HF, had it for a long time, but it works. I’ve made wood ones but I always come back to the plastic one.

But yeah, when I saw the spiral feather board I thought it would be spring loaded, it just looks like it would be.

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#9 posted 02-18-2018 05:55 PM

By the way I have two small feather boards from Kreg I use as my go to ones I would liek ot say I boguth THESE

And because of a huge design over site they are worse than useless.

1) They do not resize easy you really have to take then out of the miter slots to reset them.
2) AND worse of all the rear hole in the metal part that goes into the miter slot is about an inch from where a bolt goes up where the wingnut is the tighten them down and there is ZERO flex so the rear expansion slot WILL NOT FLEX to fight in the miter slot.. I have never seen anything like it.

I have no idea HOW this was overlooked from start to finish!

I called them to send them back for a refund and ask them if I was doing something wrong. then asked for an RA number to return them. They said just keep em we will refund you!

I think I am going to buy a MAGSWITCH feather!

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#10 posted 02-18-2018 06:59 PM

If you’ve got a cast iron table the MagSwitch featherboards are a great product. I’ve got a bunch and use them on the table saw and band saw. I guess they’ve replaced the Grip-Tire product line that Loren is referring to. When activated they stay locked in position and are much more convenient than those that tighten up in the miter slot and only cost a few bucks more than the Hedgehog.

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

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#11 posted 02-18-2018 07:01 PM

^^^^ +1
I have that MagSwitch you linked too – it really does come in handy

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#12 posted 02-18-2018 07:03 PM

My next feather board.

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#13 posted 02-18-2018 07:44 PM

My next feather board.

- jbay

I made my own similar to the above – works great as a featherboard and thin rip jig, and I can use them on both the table saw and band saw:

Simple, effective and cheap.

Cheers,
Brad

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

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#14 posted 02-19-2018 05:39 AM

Woodworm: I bought one of those, and hated and despised it. What the hell is the S curve for? Makes it really awkward to adjust it laterally. If I’d thought it through, I’d have realized the design is a piece of crap. And yes, the table slot bars are virtually useless.

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woodworm1962

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#15 posted 02-19-2018 01:27 PM

This guys sent mean e-mail saying he did try to develop this with a spring. Said he couldnt get the spring strong enough to hold the stock to the fence and still be workable AND he had an issue with a spring loaded feather board being so close to the blade..

I think he didn’t try hard enough.

Many of these guys think up something and think… AHH its good enough

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