Push Block

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Project by sillac posted 12-21-2012 04:36 AM 4369 views 41 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came up with this push block that is great for holding small and thin parts to be cut on the table saw, works good with larger parts also, and thought that some of you might like to build one or something like it. Was very easy to build.

I used scrap 3/4 in. ply for the body, it could have been 1/2 in. and some scrap oak for the handle, put together with glue and 1 1/2 in. air driven nails, keep the nails high enough that the blade won’t hit them. The “fingers” that drop down to hold parts close to the blade are scrap 1/2 in. ply.

The inside width for the body is the thickness of the number of “fingers” you want to use, I used 6, plus about 1/8 in. The large holes in these “fingers” allow for movement up and down and then the bolts are tightened to hold them in place. The heads of these bolts are inset in a plywood insert on the fence side of the push block.

I used stick on weather stripping on the bottom edge of the body and the bottom of the “fingers” and it does a very good job in holding onto the part being cut. The idea is to raise the “finger” that would be cut, up out of the way of the blade, and the “fingers” on either side of the blade hold the part and the waste. I did put a couple coats of shellac on all parts.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 04:58 AM

Very good, Steve!

COOL & simple effective Push Block!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 10:54 AM

Now that is different
I like the idea for friction

-- I have the Saw Dust Fever

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 11:51 AM

I really like this design. I have a feeling there will be many “clones” of this! Thanks for the contribution to the collective!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 02:07 PM

that is a really cool design, I just might make one of those. Nice pictures also.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 02:53 PM

Unique and well designed.
Going to build one right now.


-- Anforte NJ

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 04:08 PM

Just as good as the over priced push block. I like it.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 04:46 PM

Great idea and very nice jig! Thanks for sharing your idea.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 05:23 PM

very cool idea

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 10:26 PM

Really a very good idea and well done

Thanks for sharing your design

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 12-21-2012 10:52 PM

Great block! I’m always looking for a better push block/stick since sawing the end of my thumb off last year, and this looks like one that I must try, thanks.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#11 posted 12-22-2012 12:56 AM

Great ideas there , and nice execution : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 12-22-2012 04:10 AM

Thanks for all the good comments from all you fellow saw dust makers. I was just thinking that the next version of this I would like to put some kind of Hook on the bottom and back of each of the “fingers” to help push the part through the saw. Let me know what you all think of this idea and of course if any of you try it please post and let me know how it works.

Marry Christmas to all, and to all a good and safe time in the shop.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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#13 posted 12-22-2012 04:14 AM

John C. (HillbillyShooter) Love your Quote and Love George Washington, we need someone like him again to lead our country.

-- Steve in Oregon,

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