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Project by CaptainKlutz posted 05-09-2019 12:50 AM 1156 views 13 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello!

Here is yet another Table Saw Push Stick. Simple project with couple of 6” long pieces of BB cabinet plywood, surplus plane handle, and some hardware. I am a Klutz and really like this style push stick. It rides the top of the Peachtree replacement extrusion for my Unifence, and helps me push wood straight thru the blade.

The replaceable side piece is height adjustable with some 1/4-20 screws threaded into brass inserts in the top plate. Next time I get to the hardware store, will add wing nuts under the heads to remove need for screw driver to change heights.

The push handle is made from rosewood using the free handle plans available from Lee Valley site. This particular handle has an embarrassing mistake on it, but I could not throw away any rosewood when it costs $20 bd ft. Hence it ended up on this push stick jig. :)

Would not normally waste bits/bytes to post something as simple as push stick, but not many rail riding style pushers are documented on WWW and wanted to change that.
IMHO – this style push stick should be FIRST thing you make when you get a new saw in shop.

Thanks for looking, and have a great day!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!





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socrbent

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#1 posted 05-09-2019 01:30 AM

Thanks for posting your push stick. Makes great sense.

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#2 posted 05-09-2019 03:25 AM

Interesting idea. Going to make a mock up and try it out.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 05-09-2019 11:26 AM

I have the same fence from Peachtree. I’ve always used the Gripper push blocks but looking at your push stick makes me think I need one like it as well.

The only shortcoming I can see with using this is that it wouldn’t work with longer pieces. I suppose the hook portion on the rear of the replaceable piece could be modified to raise/lower independent of the main section. A little PSA sandpaper on the bottom of the side piece would provide enough friction and you could push longer pieces through.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 05-09-2019 12:26 PM



I have the same fence from Peachtree. I ve always used the Gripper push blocks but looking at your push stick makes me think I need one like it as well.

The only shortcoming I can see with using this is that it wouldn t work with longer pieces. I suppose the hook portion on the rear of the replaceable piece could be modified to raise/lower independent of the main section. A little PSA sandpaper on the bottom of the side piece would provide enough friction and you could push longer pieces through.

- EarlS

Glad you find post useful.
No push stick is perfect. They all have limitations.
FWIW – The previous version of this I made was 15 inches long and 3/8” ply to help with longer/thinner pieces.
As soon as I stumble across some 1/4 or 3/8” thick scraps, will make thinner push plate(s) for it, as this one hits the disappearing splitter behind the blade when making below 3/4” wide cuts. :-0)

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#5 posted 05-09-2019 12:51 PM

Quite inovative method!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 05-09-2019 07:31 PM

Nice work.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 05-09-2019 07:42 PM

Thanks for posting this great idea.
On my to do list. Did you use a long screw through the top of the handle?
I’ll use some star knobs I have and make it adjustable for wider boards.

-- One of these days I’m going to build a dust collection system. Dusty Lungs

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#8 posted 05-10-2019 12:27 AM

Nice one Captain. One to remember, I like that style of push stick too and my 2000 series Delta fence will take that perfectly.

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#9 posted 05-10-2019 08:36 AM

Really nice push stick, safe, elegant and cool.
One thing I dont understand is: do you really have to use a screwdriver each time you change the hight of cut?
If so, why not put wing nuts instead of screws?
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 05-11-2019 01:52 PM

I like it

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#11 posted 05-12-2019 11:30 PM

Went out to the shop to consider making one of these. Bumped into some other vertical Toggle clamps I have wanted to put on my drill press. Got everything done and I am fairly happy with what I have now. Cleaned up the mess and came back in here to see this. OH ya – wanted to make a new push stick. Well maybe next week.

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CaptainKlutz

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#12 posted 05-13-2019 12:15 AM

Never in my wildest dreams did I think a rail riding push stick project would be this popular?
Been using this style push stick for many many years on 4 different table saws.
Don’t even remember where I first saw it?
Even more glad that I decided to post this after all the comments and favorites.

Here’s other examples of rail riding (or fence straddling) push sticks:
https://www.woodmagazine.com/woodworking-plans/tablesaw/tip-ride-the-rails-for-safer-ripping
https://www.popularwoodworking.com/tools-in-your-shop/ripping-thin-stuff-safely/

Cheers!

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#13 posted 05-13-2019 02:36 AM

I imagine that for longer cuts you would start without the push stick, then add it as you near the end of the cut. Actually the push stick could be in place on the fence, but raised slightly so the wood could pass under the hook, then drop into place for the completion of the cut.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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