|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 10-02-2013 05:39 PM||2587 views||2 times favorited||9 replies|
10-02-2013 05:39 PM
I recently came across this product, which looks like a great idea:
It’s a pushblock/push pad with rear cleats that stay down when pushing from the back end of the workpiece, but retract up when pushing in the middle of the workpiece. (I originally thought they were spring loaded but it looks like just work via gravity.)
I don’t really want to shell out for this item when it seems like there should be a simple shop-made solution using a normal push pad (I have the Bench Dog pads and a normal Grr…ripper). I toyed with the idea of using spring loaded barrel bolts or spring hinges to make the cleat, but those seem clunky and I’m not sure I want that much metal next to a saw blade. I also thought about attaching a piece of wood with a vertical slot or t-track just off the back of the push pad, so that I could drop a piece of scrap in the slot to make a cleat that would slide up when not needed. That seems like it would work, but I’m just wondering – does anyone have other ideas for how to rig up a retractable cleat to the back of a Bench Dog/homemade push pad?
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.