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I just bought one of these from America

posted 01-05-2012 12:05 AM

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 12:09 AM

Hah, interesting – they’re in my town. I am always a little leery of products that use tons of capital letters in their descriptions, but it does look like a good idea. Though I wonder how hard it would be to make one of that shape from wood and put grippers on the bottom. Wouldn’t have the push pin, though.

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#2 posted 01-05-2012 12:11 AM

HI Elizabeth it would be easy enough to make if you just bought the dovetailed grippers and made your own but since I am so far away and the postage would be high anyway I just bit the bullet. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 01-05-2012 12:16 AM

Looks interesting Alistair. I’ll be hoping you review it after you have used it.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 01-05-2012 12:18 AM

The pushstick remains flat on the board irregardless of the wood’s thickness, even if you’re sitting in the middle of a long board.

It looks like a good product regardless of thier use of the non-word “irregardless” in thier ad.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#5 posted 01-05-2012 12:22 AM

I have a friend that makes them like that out of wood. He buys a bicycle off road tire (knobby) and cuts the grippers out of it.

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 12:42 AM

Thank you my friend for the post ! Looks like the damn thing will be a valuable asset ! Not all of us can knock a biker off his/her trail bike and slash a chunk of tire off for our own use without irritating the bike owner and making a new enemy.and getting to know the local constable intimately ! ..I am not that fast a runner nor do I have cahones the size of cantelopes ! So like you, I don’t have access to a graveyard of old bike tires either ! Looks like a good investment and I am gonna make the same investment you did my friend ! Thanks for the idea. It is easy to forget that there are always those willing to say they know a better way to do everything (bless their lil’ hearts) but it is also just as easy to ignore them ! Happy new year Alistair ! your north florida friend don s.
porchfish @ porchfish studio

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#7 posted 01-05-2012 12:51 AM

I had one of those but quit using it. For some reason, I wasn’t comfortable with the angle of the handle to the workpiece. Neat concept, but just didn’t work for me.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 12:55 AM

Hope I didn’t give the impression that I didn’t think you should buy it, Alistair. Actually I am looking forward to your thoughts once you get it. :)

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 12:57 AM

Sounds like Sawkerf might have a used one for sale at a slight discount???
(Maybe I’m reading too much into his/her post)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 06:17 AM

Cheaper at McFeely's.
That said, I prefer to make my own. Cheap (free thanks to scraps) and I can design them to my own liking.

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

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 06:30 AM

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#12 posted 01-05-2012 06:34 AM

It doesn’t have to have rubber grippers, you can make something similar out of plywood, and have a catch on the back ot it.

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#13 posted 01-05-2012 06:52 AM

Make my own out of MDF with a replacable rear catch. Made 3, 1/4” 1/2” & 3/4. They work great.

-- TheOldTimer,Chandler Arizona

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#14 posted 01-05-2012 07:29 AM

A local guy makes something similar and I’ll be stealing his design to make my own. He made a handle that can easily be changed out that screws to the top of the board. He glues 2 square pieces of scrap 3/4” ply together, glues a straight piece on the bottom back edge , a second one has an l shaped piece glued on it. The handle gets screwed to it with screws that go in a 1/2” leaving a 1” of blade penetration before a screw is touched by the saw blade. Just keep the blade to just above the height of the wood.

Porchfish, any shop I worked at would have been happy to toss several damaged tires your way in the summer just for the asking, have to ask to have one saved in the winter and could take a couple weeks. Just don’t be surprised when they cut the tire completely across before giving it to you.

-- A posse ad esse

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#15 posted 01-05-2012 03:49 PM

I made mine. It’s rough, but it works! Saves me $58!!!

-- Jamsie

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#16 posted 01-05-2012 05:25 PM

For these type of pushblocks and anything that needs a rubber gripper, I use computer mouse pads. The bottom of the pad is designed to have good gripping power so the pad won’t move. I cut the the pad with knife and simply glue it.

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#17 posted 01-05-2012 09:52 PM

There’s always a catch to these woodworking gizmos, as seen clearly in the photos.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#18 posted 01-06-2012 12:30 AM

I make mine too….

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#19 posted 01-06-2012 01:18 AM

Since I don’t have any thumbs I can use my hand for a push stick… Or maybe I don’t have any any thumbs because I use my hand for a push stick…

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#20 posted 01-06-2012 05:49 PM

Interesting, and gives me ideas for building something similar.

Here is an item I use every time in the shop, the Vega finger saver. It’s only drawback is thin material, like 1/2” or less. But I made a little mdf block that makes it work for even the thinnest material. It rides on top of my Vega fence. It is comfortable and natural to use.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#21 posted 01-07-2012 06:05 AM

I personally rely on a lip at the end of my push stick. I’ve had bad experiences with the bumpy rubber (“bench cookie”) style stuff, unrelated to table saw pushing.The bench cookie style relies on friction, which can disappear quickly when you are working with sawdust. I use completely positive techniques, due to losing part of a pinky finger in a disc sander in 1967. It grew back, but I can tell you that a traumatic event at the age of 15 will provide a lifetime of benefits, safety-concern-wise.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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