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Mar 1, 2022

There have been several times in the last year that Iʻve said to myself that I need a safer way to hold this piece of wood.



Here is a tool that Iʻve been wanting to make ever since I saw this
of the $10 Million Dollar Stick. I know that I could purchase one for just under $15.00 but I thought it would be a challenge to try to make one.

I started by gluing up pieces of walnut from my scrap bin.

The center 1-3/4 inch square piece measured about 5 inches long with the side corners cut with the table saw blade set approximately at 57 degrees.

The two sides pieces are 3/4 inch thick and measured about 4 X 5 inches. They were glued to the center block.





This is what the scrap pieces looked like after the glue dried and after I cut the inside curves with a jig saw.

However, before I cut the inside curves I cut a stopped dado about 2-1/2 inches long, 3/4 inch deep and 3/4 inches wide in the top end of one side of the center block.

In hind sight It would have been better to cut that stopped dado on the center block while it was still square. I used a router table to cut the stopped dado.

I clamped the glued up assembly in a vise and rough cut the inside curves with a jig saw.



Into the stopped dado I glued a 7/8 X 7/8 inch piece of walnut about 15 inches long.

I carefully used my bandsaw to cut the outside curve.



After the glue was set I used different tools to cut off waste wood and other tools to shape it to the final shape.





After applying Danish oil and wax I attached rubber bumpers on the three ends.



The over all length is about 18 inches.



The forked ends are about 5-1/2 inches apart.



The height at the highest point is about 3-1/2 inches.





I think this will be very useful with holding small pieces of wood when cutting them with various power saws.

This was a fun and challenging project.

If you accidentally get too close to the saw blade and cut this safety stick, you can always make another one without loosing a drop of blood.

Hope this shows you that it is possible to make one of these from scraps and help you keep all your fingers attached to your hand.

Thanks for looking. Comments and questions appreciated and welcomed.

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Good work! Looks to be very useful.
 

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Couple more pieces an ya got a Maloof Chair:)
 

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Yes. That thought crossed my mind while I was making it.
 

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Mighty fine tool can't be too safe.
 

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Great job and thanks for the step-by-step… Often people see a project and don't appreciate the effort involved.
Here is a tool that Iʻve been wanting to make ever since I saw this
of the $10 Million Dollar Stick. I know that I could purchase one for just under $15.00 but I thought it would be a challenge to try to make one.
- tyvekboy
Kudos for that sentiment… I often get on my soap box about how costed effort vs purchase shekels is one hell of an unequality…
However, the challenge, principles and opportunity to use tools we have actually forked shekels out for justify such tangential undertaking…. In English, I like and they are a great tool… just don't break the bloody thing or you'll have to spend many hours making another one.
 

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Very unique tool….nice work on it and thanks for the process shots….........Cheers, Jim
 

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Neat! You definitely have me thinking. I have cobbled up some techniques for cutting small pieces with my radial arm saw but I never thought of three point contact.
 

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I like the idea. Next time i prune the rhododendron I'll pick a couple forks.
 

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Interesting shape!
 

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I have a 10 million dollar stick. It is worth having. You did an incredible job making one. Maybe add some inlays to take it over the top? :)
 

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Great project, and the three point system would be very useful. Well done.

You have me thinking, I need a new push stick for the table saw.
 

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Thanks for showing it in use - I was thinking of it a a push stick and trying to figure out what the feet were for. Great work, graceful curves.
 

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Nice job, it looks like a very useful item to have in the shop. I'm glad you made it from wood, the world doesn't need any more plastic.
 

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This is great for those short pieces on the miter saw, thanks for posting. Mine won't be a pretty as yours, that's beautiful! I think the funnest thing would be having that sitting around and watching people try to figure out what the heck it is.
 

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I know these to be quite useful, This one is just prettier than most. :)
 

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ive seen these before.gotta make me one,yours is beautiful.
 

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I just bought this from FastCap. Not in walnut, but sturdy plastic.
 

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Great idea, excellent build and extremely useful. It's been on my list for awhile. Cool idea using the bumpers. I think I'll bump it to the top of the list. Thanks for posting Tyvekboy.
 

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Doubly organic- the wood and the shape. Very nice!
 
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