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Forum topic by Milo posted 05-07-2009 01:12 AM 5576 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Milo

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05-07-2009 01:12 AM

Anyone ever use these? I’ve seen them once, and have been thinking about using them. However, I have yet to actually SEE these on a working tablesaw. Does anyone use these? Do you like them? Do the interfere with you push stick?

Also, has anyone used a featherboard on the outfeed table of a jointer? SEEMS like a good idea, but again, never actually seen it.

Thanks for the feedback!

Dell

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#1 posted 05-07-2009 01:30 AM

Feather boards on a saw, definitely. On a router table, sometimes depending on the size of the material and complexity of the cut. Never used one on a jointer.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 01:36 AM

I’m with Lew. I use feather boards on my table saw and router a lot. Never on a jointer. Never have used safety rollers.

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 02:09 AM

Milo, you might want to take a look at these magnetic feather boards. They work well for table saw operations and, while I have used one on my jointer, it really is more of a novelty than anything else. You have to continually reset it while you are face jointing so I do not use it much.

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#4 posted 05-07-2009 02:38 AM

Thanks gang,

I’ve been freaky ever since I had a couple kickback accidents, so I’m looking at all sorts of ideas.

The featherboard/jointer idea? I’m just crappy at using the dang thing. ;-) Thought I’d throw the idea on the wall and see if it stuck!

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 04:18 AM

You need to look at the saw thats kicking back and figure out why. While its good to have protection against it, most kickbacks mean something is off with the saw.

I’ve thought about the featherboard on a jointer myself. once of those magnetic ones might work, I always worry about my fingers edge jointing.

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#6 posted 05-07-2009 04:22 AM

Magnetic feather boards are my choice

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#7 posted 05-14-2009 09:22 AM

This is a wonderful opinion. The things mentioned are unanimous and needs to be appreciated by everyone
thanx
catus
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#8 posted 05-14-2009 08:12 PM

featherboards ALWAYS, when I can use them.

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

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#9 posted 05-14-2009 08:17 PM

I use rollers all the time on my tablesaw:

http://lumberjocks.com/GaryK/blog/1569

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#10 posted 05-14-2009 09:18 PM

How do you feed the last end of the board with those rollers on, GaryK? It looks like it’d cause problems with the push stick.

-- "We are what we repeatedly do; excellence then is not an act but a habit." ---Aristotle

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#11 posted 05-15-2009 07:39 AM

JimmyNate – CessnaPilotBarry

I usually only use them for wider or real long stock The distance they extend past the fence is adjustable. They are usually less than 2 inches out. It also depends on the thickness of your stock. If I have no room to use them I don’t. It only takes about 10 seconds to remove them.

My splitter is built into my zero clearance insert. You can’t see it because it’s in line with the blade.

You will find a better picture here: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/2303

In the first picture you can see my fence with the rollers removed.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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