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Project by recycle1943 posted 07-19-2021 12:11 PM 833 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess functional is the operative word when it comes to tools. A tool doesn’t have to be attractive to help get the job done so in my case I make a lot of wine racks that have a sizeable cut out. I usually repurpose those cut outs into business card holders and sell them for $6 -$10 depending on the configuration.
A person can only have so many card holders on hand until they then become a burdon. The solution ?
get a couple square ends, glue them together, square that up ( usually on the band saw ) and put a little notch/lip on the bottom and a push block is born. The only stipulation is to have a block that keeps fingers well away from turning saw blades so this doesn’t happen

I like to use my blocks to hold the lumber down as well as pushing it thru the saw so consequently I cut grooves in the base of them. Another solution, cut the grooves off on the ( you guessed it ) band saw, another lip and a ‘new’ push block plus the satisfaction of using up what would be SCRAP for a very functional tool.
Now I know this is nothing new to most everybody here, I just wanted to remind that scrap isn’t always scrap.

Have a GREAT and SAFE day !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 07-19-2021 12:37 PM

Dang Dick, I wouldn’t of been able to hold my hand steady enough to take that pic after a cut like that. Looks like that one will take some time to close up. Great reminder of how fast things can happen in the shop. I guess it could of been a lot worst. Take care and heal quickly.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 07-19-2021 12:46 PM

Wow, Dick, you were lucky. Small piece and the table saw don’t always stay where they are put with the force of that blade. I like to make a cheap and dirty holding fixture so the fixture is big enough to contain the force and secure the little piece!

Heal fast, buddy!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 07-19-2021 12:58 PM

Alrighty then, best ad for push blocks since the one with a guy holding up a hand with 4 and a half fingers.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#4 posted 07-19-2021 01:20 PM



Dang Dick, I wouldn t of been able to hold my hand steady enough to take that pic after a cut like that. Looks like that one will take some time to close up. Great reminder of how fast things can happen in the shop. I guess it could of been a lot worst. Take care and heal quickly.

- doubleDD

Guys, I should have explained that picture of my thumb – that happened a few years ago and it happened because I DIDN’T use a push block/stick. I certainly learned my lesson with that experience.
My thumb has healed albiet no bend anymore but at least I still have it.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#5 posted 07-19-2021 01:24 PM



Wow, Dick, you were lucky. Small piece and the table saw don t always stay where they are put with the force of that blade. I like to make a cheap and dirty holding fixture so the fixture is big enough to contain the force and secure the little piece!

Heal fast, buddy!

Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Hey Jim, you are right with hold downs of some sort – That’s why I like to use the block method, I use the block to push the cut off as well as the piece against the fence or vise versa – however it works out. Plus I get a cleaner cut by pushing both pieces thru with no kick back

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 07-19-2021 01:25 PM



Alrighty then, best ad for push blocks since the one with a guy holding up a hand with 4 and a half fingers.

- Oldtool

Yes – I went for years without a proper push block til I ran out of luck, funny how blood and pain wakes a person up.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 07-19-2021 02:08 PM

well the good thing dick is your learned from the mistake and wiser for it.high price to pay for sure but could have been worse.stay safe my friend.

-- 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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#8 posted 07-19-2021 02:29 PM

Damaging a digit is my biggest concern when using any of the tools, powered or other wise. This is a good reminder to think about what you are doing and make sure that the fingers are well away from dangerous areas.

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

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#9 posted 07-19-2021 03:14 PM

Best thing is to have a good stock of the pushers. It’s way to easy to need only a “quick” single TS cut, not have a push stick handy, and just go for it without one.

Keep several within reach of each tool. best practice it to leave it in a place where you have to move it out of the way to use the tool. For my TS, I place it over the blade slot after I retract the blade when finished for the job.

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therealSteveN

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#10 posted 07-19-2021 03:16 PM

Scrap turned into safety is always a good message. Thanks Dick.

The pic is a great selling tool as the salesman in me also notes. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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recycle1943

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#11 posted 07-19-2021 03:52 PM



well the good thing dick is your learned from the mistake and wiser for it.high price to pay for sure but could have been worse.stay safe my friend.

- pottz


Oh yeah, I was indeed lucky


Damaging a digit is my biggest concern when using any of the tools, powered or other wise. This is a good reminder to think about what you are doing and make sure that the fingers are well away from dangerous areas.

- EarlS

That thumb thing was my worst – splinters is always sticking out of me. In that case my razor knife is my best friend for digging them out


Best thing is to have a good stock of the pushers. It s way to easy to need only a “quick” single TS cut, not have a push stick handy, and just go for it without one.

Keep several within reach of each tool. best practice it to leave it in a place where you have to move it out of the way to use the tool. For my TS, I place it over the blade slot after I retract the blade when finished for the job.

- splintergroup

I now have 2 or 3 withing reach and like you, one is always in the way when I want to cut something


Scrap turned into safety is always a good message. Thanks Dick.

The pic is a great selling tool as the salesman in me also notes. :-)

- therealSteveN

I went for years running on luck – I’m getting too old for that now. I still heal well, just not as quickly and as you said – the picture is a great reminder

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#12 posted 07-19-2021 11:48 PM

Well I guess a thumbs up picture is a bit inappropriate in this case.

However the push sticks are good

I have done the same a few times

part of the reason I have long finger nails!

Mind you kitchen knives are more dangerous

-- Regards Rob

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pottz

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#13 posted 07-20-2021 12:31 AM



Well I guess a thumbs up picture is a bit inappropriate in this case.

However the push sticks are good

I have done the same a few times

part of the reason I have long finger nails!

Mind you kitchen knives are more dangerous

- robscastle


is that hunks of human flesh i see on the floor rob ?

-- 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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therealSteveN

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#14 posted 07-20-2021 05:17 AM

Filet a finger. I hear McD’s is gonna offer a sammich soon. :-)

We need to get you guys some Kevlar gloves.

Dick, you may want to check these out for the splinters. They make a lot finer opening on the DEEP ones.

Splinter Out. Each one is sterile packed so you won’t be wiping Listeria or some gook all into your finger. Often the point will grab the splinter, and you can pull it out, but they are best to just draw a line over the splinter, open the channel, and wash it out. It’s like a boxers cut where the ring Man opens it with a straight cut line. Those heal really fast, and hardly ever scar. Leave em all ragged, and they look like chit, and you usually get an infection as they are healing. If you think a brand new box knife blade is sharp, ain’t nothing next to one of those puppies. Get done, put it in any empty pop can, and crunch it up, otherwise you will find it again, when you least expect it.

https://www.amazon.com/splinter-out/s?k=splinter+out

-- Think safe, be safe

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crowie

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#15 posted 07-20-2021 06:33 AM

Yes Dick, Push sticks/blocks are heap safer especially for old digits.
Saying that, I’ve had a good few close shaves.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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