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Forum topic by MrRon posted 09-23-2013 07:06 PM 1647 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-23-2013 07:06 PM

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I use wood push sticks to push stock past the blade when ripping. One size stick doesn’t fit all. Sometimes I need to rip strips as thin as 1/8” and my push stick is 1/2” thick. That results in trashing a 1/2” stick.

Using a piece of 2×4x 8” long , cut the shape of the push stick on the bandsaw, you can then run the piece through the table saw or bandsaw to the desired thickness. You could cut 1/2”, 3/8”, 1/4”, etc. Attached is a sample push stick, but feel free to make it any shape you wish.

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 07:13 PM

I run into the same issue at times. However, I’ve never put that much thought into it really.
Since I make several at a time out of scrap stock anyway, I don’t mind keeping one or two chewed up for thin stock.
When it completely tears apart, I keep a pattern in a drawer under my bandsaw so I can quickly cut another one or ten I them.


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#2 posted 09-24-2013 04:45 PM

Make one (or several) out of thin MDF… inexpensive, easy to work, etc.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 06:00 PM

I have a couple made out 1/4” mdf for thin stock.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 07:28 PM

I made a couple nice ones from black walnut, shaped very comfortably, rounded over the edges and finished with Danish oil. The bottom has a slot cut into it to accept a replaceable contact surface, so if it gets cut, it doesn’t matter, the sacrificial part is 3/4” wide by 1” tall and the length of the bottom which is about 16”.

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