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littlecope

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04-16-2009 11:52 AM

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I had occasion to make my first feather board yesterday and wondered if there is a right/wrong way to make them? The one I made worked perfect, but I’m curious how our experts here would construct this seemingly mundane shop accessory. I’d post a picture, but just want to see what others have come up with first… Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.


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#1 posted 04-16-2009 12:30 PM

My thoughts are, it worked so it was done the right way! There are directions to make anything. There probably truly is a recipe for ‘how to boil water’. As long as you have as many fingers as you started with, and there was not a scary time. You did fine.

-- Berta in NC

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#2 posted 04-16-2009 01:01 PM

Thanks, Berta, but now I feel really stupid! It was only AFTER I posted this that I took the time to search “Feather Boards” on here and discovered that it’s already been discussed, at length, many times. I am a little surprised that the angled edge is cut first by most, I cut mine last with the miter gauge on the table saw, after sawing the “feathers”. Six to one, a half dozen to the other, I guess… Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 04-16-2009 04:05 PM

Cutting the feathers last gives to a chance of binding when sawn and there are more edges that may chip out.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 04-16-2009 04:21 PM

I think Kindlingmaker is correct in why it’s probably best to cut the fingers last – even though you didn’t have any probles (this time).

If you cut the angle last going “against” the feathers the chances of the wood exploding/binding are great.

If you cut going “with” the feathers, they are going to vibrate like crazy as well as chipping the edges of the feathers.

The thinner the feathers, the more problems you’ll have by cutting the angle last.

-- Joe

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#5 posted 04-17-2009 04:40 AM

Believe me, I have asked some very stupid things. Remember: There are no stupid questions, just stupid answers!

-- Berta in NC

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