50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #19: Replacement handle for my miter gauge

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 05-23-2019 07:28 PM 417 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was using an aluminum push stick to move something through the table saw, and I got the end of the stick into the blade. I have no idea exactly what I did, as it was lightening fast, as table saw accidents tend to be. The push stick shot back into my hand so hard that it turned black and blue the next day, and it hurt so badly I had to get sit down. No broken bones or long term damage but my hand hurt for more than a week.The stick was bent almost 90 degrees and landed 5’ away. On its way to the floor, the flying push stick took out the plastic know on my Incra miter gauge. I still haven’t found all the pieces, but I did find enough to model a new handle.

Turned from jotoba left over from our kitchen floor. Press fit on the miter gauge, with epoxy.

I replaced the bent up aluminum stick with a plastic one ;)

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#1 posted 05-24-2019 12:37 PM

Very nice! The plastic knob on my Incra is just fine but after seeing this, it may get a replacement anyway.

On another note, an Aluminum push stick sounds like a horrible idea :-/ Good call replacing it with plastic. I have a plethora of wood and plastic ones. I think most all of them have seen contact with a spinning blade of some sort at some point in their lives.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 05-24-2019 05:25 PM


The aluminum push stick was from Rockler, with a magnet in the handle. The advantage was the stick was very thin. The disadvantages were, well, everything else. Rocker only sells a plastic version now ;)

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