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03-21-2013 04:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig tip question resource milling shaping tablesaw clamp jointer bandsaw

And Why!>>>>> I have all kinds of commercial and home made feather-boards. I am going to buy some magnetic ones. I would like to crowd source this decision to buy magnetic feather-boards….. SO be specific on the why’s, including cost, durability, etc. This is feather-boards only, not any of the wheels and other such device. (not because I think anything about them, just that this is specific to magnetic feather-boards.)

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#1 posted 03-21-2013 04:43 PM

I really like the Ridgid magnetic featherboard I have now. The first one I bought didn’t old very well. I returned it, and noticed another slightly larger version. It works great and holds fast. The price is right, and best of all it is so easy you will actually use it.
Both featherboards had the same part #, so I can’t tell you what to look for. Bottom line, attach it to a steel or cast iron surface in the store. If it holds fast, you have a winner.

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#2 posted 03-21-2013 04:44 PM

I use shop made feather boards with a switchable magnet from a harbor freight dial indicator base($10).
I think these magnets would be better but cost twice as much. The lee valley ones are much stronger though.

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#3 posted 03-21-2013 08:16 PM

SASmith Good lead. I hadn’t considered finding switchable magnets, by themselves.

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#4 posted 03-21-2013 09:31 PM

Another vote for the Ridgid version at HD. It looks identical to the yellow ones, for about $20 cheaper.


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#5 posted 03-21-2013 09:34 PM

I have recently found out that this is because they are made by the same companly. Magswitch. I don’t know if they still have the contract or not, or if they are made to the same quality. Check here and you can see them in the “bargain bin” Which is where I plan to watch until some of the feather-boards show up.

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#6 posted 03-28-2013 02:04 PM

I have a Ridgid Magswitch featherboard that I bought last year. Unfortunately, a friend that was helping me make a cabinet, twisted the knobs down, thinking it was a twist until its tight thing. This action effectively broke it as it wore out the plastic notch inside.

I ordered another one online because they no longer carried it in the store and the version I got had smaller, lighter magnets and did not have the same holding power as the original one I owned.

I returned it and now need to look into the yellow version which should have the same 20mm magnets as my original Ridgid.

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#7 posted 03-28-2013 03:05 PM

I use Grip Tites and Board Buddies on TS, BS, and shop-made feather boards on the router table.
Kinda like “whatever works”.
Ooops. I mentioned the wheels.
The Grip Tites have super strong mags, and are easy on-easy off. Not too expensive either.

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#8 posted 03-28-2013 03:54 PM

I also like the Magswitch versions, you can buy an number of their attachments and just switch the magnets out, they don’t have to be screwed in place. I used two of the 30mm on a General Lil Brute power feeder to fasten it to the jointer, and they held quite well.

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#9 posted 03-28-2013 06:27 PM

I settled on the magswitch, direct from the factory. Bought three different versions… and will add a review in a bit… even though there are a couple.

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#10 posted 03-28-2013 06:37 PM

I use the magswitch, and my collection has grown through thier attachments.

They are quick to setup and hold firm. I regularly use these on my tablesaw, bandsaw, and as of late my jointer.

-- Nicky

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