sacrificial push stick for cutting thin pieces

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Project by Ray Feldwick posted 01-04-2021 06:37 PM 1948 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a push stick to cut very thin pieces – as thin as 1/16” square to be used in furniture inlay work. Picture 1. It features a sacrificial MDF insert that gets consumed over time. A 1/4-20 bolt at the front pushes down on the dovetail to jam it in place.

The lower part of the insert is 1-1/2” high so damaged strips can be cut off to rejuvenate it. Picture 2.

Two treaded inserts receive 1/4-20 bolts at the rear and hold a routed heel that provides the adjustable “catch” for the push stick. It, too, can be trimmed to remove a damaged bottom and rejuvenate it.

This design keeps fingers away from the blade, completely eliminates kickback of the thin pieces and prevents chatter during in-feeding. Stay safe.

-- Ray

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#1 posted 01-04-2021 07:02 PM

Very good idea.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 01-04-2021 07:47 PM

Very Cool!
I like the idea for rejuvenating the adjustable heel.
I just c.a. glued another to mine but it is at a fixed height. I am going to use your idea next time around.

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#3 posted 01-04-2021 09:33 PM

Nice! The jamb bolt is a great idea, plenty easy to make a stack of consumables because working close to the blade always eats these type of tools alive.

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#4 posted 01-04-2021 11:37 PM

man thats one of the nicest push sticks ive seen.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 01-05-2021 12:07 AM

Right ! over the top push stick!

-- Petey

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#6 posted 01-05-2021 12:44 AM

Safe, pretty, and useful! Favorited.

-- Pax - Maryland

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#7 posted 01-05-2021 02:48 AM

Well done Ray. Nice design. and welcome to LJ!

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#8 posted 01-05-2021 12:31 PM

Very nice. What is the overall length and height?

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#9 posted 01-05-2021 02:38 PM

Genius!! Well thought out, practical and simple. Well done.

-- -Todd

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#10 posted 01-05-2021 03:54 PM

GR8 IDEA :<))))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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