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How To Make A Tall Resaw Feather Board For Your Band Saw

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Project by James E McIntyre posted 03-12-2019 12:58 PM 1444 views 22 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed several pieces of 5 1/2”x30” veneer for a project I’m building.

I went on YouTube and saw a nice fellow named The Wood Whisperer.
He staked two Kreg feather boards to resaw some veneer.

I though, I could make a taller one with more support.

I found a pair of 4 3/4” squeegees on line for $9.99+
Pottz and Andybb put links to 2 good sites that sell squeegees in the comments below.

I had a piece of rock maple I was going to use for the jaws of a tail bench vice I never made (hence the holes).

My band saw can only resaw up to 6”. I made the feather board to hold taller boards, in case I uprrade to a better saw.

This board can be made from most woods and measurements as tall as you Band Saw can fit.
The bottom and squeegee side must be square.

I added a drawing as a guide.

This project will cost you only $9.99+ if you have the wood, the tools and the router bits.

Laying out the maple.

With a router and a 1/4” bit I cut the opening in the maple free hand.
Drill a hole 3/4” or larger for an opening to start the router bit.

Cutting roughly through from both sides I then cleaned up one edge with a chisel so the bearing would have a smooth edge to ride on, then with a bottom bearing bit I cleaned up the rest.

Cutting out the shape on the band saw.

Cleaning up the saw marks with a half round and a flat file.

Cut a grove on the side of the board with a 1/4” up spiral router bit (up is down on a router table) to remove some of the wood to make it less stressful on the t-slot bit.

With a t-slot bit start the larger part of the opening at the lower part of the slot and off center, reversing the board to widen the opening, then adjust the bit up while reversing the board with every rise of the bit untill the slot is at the right height.


Don’t remove the t-slot bit until the squeegees fit snugly in the slot.
Using paste wax in the slot makes it easier to install.

Fitting the squeegees into the slot.


Cut a 1/4” slot on the bottom of the board for the hold down nut.
Mark lines on your fence to show where the forward and rear edges of the bit are.


Angle the feather board about 1/2” ahead of the blade, press it towards the wood while tightening the knob.
Don’t put to much pressure on the board.

I used the hardware from a Kreg feather board for the hold down nut.

I cut two test pieces one less than a 1/32” and one about 3/32”

It came out better than expected.

-- James E McIntyre





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swirt

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#1 posted 03-12-2019 01:10 PM

Very clever! Nice use of a squeegee.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#2 posted 03-12-2019 01:27 PM

AWARD :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 03-12-2019 01:58 PM

great idea thanks for sharing this.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 03-12-2019 03:02 PM

What prevents it from sliding in the miter slot? Thanks.

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#5 posted 03-12-2019 03:41 PM

Fantastic!!!!!

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#6 posted 03-12-2019 05:51 PM

отлично

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 03-12-2019 06:47 PM

Thanks for the nice comments

Blue Ridge Dog.
I used the expansion nut and plastic from a kreg feather board.
I’ll probably make one from a slotted strip of wood with a tapered machine screw and return that part to the Kreg jig.

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 03-12-2019 07:00 PM

I like it a lot! Want to build one now.

-- Pete

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#9 posted 03-12-2019 07:50 PM

Pretty cool invention!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Lou319

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#10 posted 03-13-2019 10:41 AM

I was recently tempted to buy one of those tall green featherboards, which are nice, but pricey. This, however, is the perfect solution for what I need! Great write up with pics and explanation…next on my list to build. Thanks for showing this!

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#11 posted 03-13-2019 10:42 AM

This is a great idea – thanks. Funny what I takeaway though. On this one the first thing I’m going to do is grab a marker and mark “UP” on my router table!!! (Thanks for that tip too ;-)

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#12 posted 03-13-2019 02:29 PM

This is awesome! I have been wanting to make something similar but could not figure out what to use for the rubber piece. I will be making one of these soon. Thank you very much!!

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#13 posted 03-14-2019 12:14 PM

It seems I’ve seen those squeegee blades before with the T shape, but now can’t seem to zero in on them. Can you provide a link where to locate these online? Thanks!

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#14 posted 03-14-2019 04:23 PM



It seems I ve seen those squeegee blades before with the T shape, but now can t seem to zero in on them. Can you provide a link where to locate these online? Thanks!

- Lou319


ya know thinking back it looks exactly like the ones i used in the darkroom years ago.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#15 posted 03-14-2019 04:37 PM

https://www.freestylephoto.biz/9199-LegacyPro-9-in.-Tube-Squeegee-for-Prints

just found it

gotta make one myself

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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