Shop Tip - Poor man's magnetic featherboard - $15 per unit

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A Magswitch featherboard costs $60 or so. This kind of versatile featherboard can be had for under $15…if you have a scrap piece of board around (who doesn’t?) and some spare time in your shop.

The secret is in the pair of handle magnets (100 lb which is about $6 – 8 each): use them with a notched featherboard. Pull the magnets sideway and they come off easily.

For more magnetic shop tips for woodworkers, check out the February 2013 issue of Woodworkers’ Journal.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#1 posted 01-10-2013 10:29 PM

Looks good. Where did you get your magnets?

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 01-10-2013 11:32 PM

This is great! I just placed an order for similar magnets through Amazon. For a pair (with shipping) about $18.

One question though…did you cover/protect the bottom of the magnets so it won’t damage the surface of your TS?

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#3 posted 01-11-2013 12:39 AM

Great thinking very good job.


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#4 posted 01-11-2013 01:00 AM

Sweeet project…..and a money saver to boot…..

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 01-11-2013 01:23 AM

Great tip!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 01-11-2013 02:45 AM

The handle magnets can also be bought at some shops selling auto supplies, eBay, etc. Examples:

For full strength, I use the magnets as is and don’t worry about the cosmetic scratches.

Thanks for all the comments.

-- The time I enjoy wasting is not time wasted

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#7 posted 01-11-2013 01:34 PM

I luv frugality… Thnx for sharin this simple and effective tip.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Rob W

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#8 posted 01-11-2013 01:51 PM

Old computer hard drives have really strong magnets in them. I have a bunch of them screwed to the wall in my shop and can almost hang the table saw from them.

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#9 posted 01-11-2013 02:06 PM

Great idea. I noticed that Harbor Freight has them ion their web site.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#10 posted 01-11-2013 04:27 PM

Ooooh that is clever and a lot better than my idea of covering my tablesaw with velcro, hehehe. Thanks for links to the parts too!

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#11 posted 01-12-2013 01:35 AM

Now, that is thinking outside of the wood box

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

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#12 posted 12-15-2016 06:18 AM

I just bought 2 from Harbor Freight on-line for $6 each plus $7 shipping. I ordered 9 bar clamps at the same time as the shipping doesn’t increase. Wonder how long it will take to get here.

The magnets are rated at 30 lbs. Wonder if one placed in the center would hold. You can have a lot of leverage when cutting a long board and could move the feather board.

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#13 posted 12-15-2016 06:38 AM

Make sure you don’t break your table saw. LMAO

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