Simple Push Blocks

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Project by UGAfan21 posted 09-23-2014 01:46 AM 2368 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently bought a jointer off of craigslist and needed a pair of push blocks. These are simple blocks with mending plates on the bottom. I saw a lot of ideas on youtube. Some recommended using sanding blocks with a piece of mouse pad glued on the bottom. The sanding blocks were $8-$10 a piece and i couldn’t find any cheap mouse pads. So i just made some and used the idea for the mending plates.

I wondered about the plates marring the wood but it barely leaves a mark on most hard woods and whatever mark it does leave comes right off with the planer.


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#1 posted 09-23-2014 02:16 AM

If you’re milling hardwoods, I understand how the marking would be minimal … but my, seeing those metal spikes did give me pause when I saw the project!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#2 posted 09-23-2014 02:20 AM

I don’t like to use anything that would harm a cutting edge. I like scotch brite pads glues on the blocks.

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#3 posted 09-23-2014 03:14 AM

i might change them then… just started getting rough stock and using a jointer so i might modify them if they start to give me problems. thanks for the input.. def needed


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#4 posted 09-23-2014 04:31 PM

I like the creativity, but I wouldn’t use metal as grandpa said it can damage your cutters if you slip, but also, as much as the blocks protect you, these ones dont. I have never seen metal push blocks, but I have seen metal ts push sticks, and I have seen them go through a hand, and seen them turn into shrapnel when they make contact with the blade.( home depot used to sell a push stick which was an aluminum bar with a V on one end, and rubber handle, bad idea.) I recommend the high friction rubber used for bench cookies, and many other things, Lee Valley sells sheets. I also have one with a 1/4 inch lip on the back to hook the board, just in case I get half way through and realize my board is too dusty to grip, I can finish the cut.

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 01:04 AM

Thanks again! Yea I took the metal plates off and I’m looking for some old mouse pads or something else to use! Thanks again guys!


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