Push Sticks

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Project by Matt Przybylski posted 05-25-2013 09:33 PM 12733 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve got a pair of GRR-rippers that I love but sometimes I need a really thin push stick to get in between tight spaces. Case in point, when I use my Thin Strip Ripping Jig and I’m getting closer and closer to the jig, the GRR-ripper gets in the way (actually it kind of gets in the way of the jig all the time). At that point I can switch to one of these push sticks that will allow me to push through on the right side of the blade while the down to under 3/4” (some of these are 3/4”, some are 5/8” wide).

I basically made a template out of some scraps and then batched these out. The first picture shows all the different shapes I made. I got the templates for the shapes from Craftsmanspace and drew them out on large sheets of drawing paper by hand (since I don’t have a plotter or anything larger to print the larger scale ones on). I then stuck the cutouts to the scraps, used the table saw for the straight cuts and band saw for the curves, and cleaned them up on my ridgid OSS where they curved. On to the router table to duplicate them and voila.

I added the carpet pad underneath in hopes of getting a good grip on the stock. The other thing you will notice I added for the straight-backed ones is a little piece of hardboard. I drilled two holes to fit some small screws (Kreg 1” screws), made a 1/8” slot about 3/4” long and attached it to the back. What this allows me to do is have a flat push stick while it sits on top of the stock (picture 4) but when i need it to, the hardboard stop will fall down once not depressed on the stock and aid in pushing the stock as seen in picture 5. Of course the hardboard is easily replaceable which makes for a very useful push stick.

I hope you like it and thanks for looking.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 09:41 PM

You never have to many Push Sticks. When friends stop by AI give them a push stick. Good Job.

-- Malcolm, Mobile Alabama

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#2 posted 05-26-2013 01:27 AM

nice work,i keep saying i’m gonna make some.
one of these days.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 05-26-2013 02:49 AM

Good Idea.

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#4 posted 05-26-2013 04:08 AM

The worst thing a woodworker can say is, “I should have used a push stick!!!” Keep them handy by the saw at all times. Having extras should make this easy to do. Good job, thanks for posting!!!

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#5 posted 05-26-2013 10:18 AM

Nice job!
I prefer the second pic style.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 11:46 AM

I like using the non-skid padding on the bottom. Best feature of the bunch

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#7 posted 05-26-2013 11:52 AM

I love the adjustable back stop. Thanks for the idea.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#8 posted 05-26-2013 12:28 PM

Nice project : )

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#9 posted 05-26-2013 07:31 PM

I love these after buying a professional nylon one from the usa I think I should have made my own too mine i.e one of cost me around £50 uk sterling and it’s not any better than yours still I might make a few more myself now you have inspired me Alistair

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#10 posted 05-26-2013 07:38 PM

Tha is for the kind words everyone :)

-- Matt, Arizona

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#11 posted 06-24-2013 07:21 AM

Your push sticks look great, you can never have too many of those.
I like the GRR-ripper idea of the hardboard back stop

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#12 posted 07-08-2017 06:15 AM

I keep mine within reach.

Don’t limit yourself to push sticks and shoes for the table saw. I make these for my band saw.

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