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Forum topic by MrRon posted 304 days ago 821 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MrRon

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304 days ago

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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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William

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#1 posted 304 days ago

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.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 303 days ago

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

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#3 posted 303 days ago

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

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 303 days ago

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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