Fence Featherboard

Here's a handy saw- or router-table featherboard that you can clamp to a fence to apply downward pressure on a workpiece. The wide areas (I call them "thumbs") flanking the fingers allow clamping to low fences. (Note: If your tablesaw rip fence doesn't lock at the rear of the saw, clamp it down to prevent fence lift when using this featherboard.)

This fence featherboard will hold down stock for general ripping operations or for dadoing or rabbeting wide boards as shown in the photo. It can also be used in tandem with one of the table featherboards.

To make the featherboard, begin by cutting a piece of straight-grain stock to 75/0 in. wide by about 18 in. long. You'll cut it to final length after ripping the fingers. Crosscut one end to a 68* angle, mark a parallel 68' baseline about 3 in. up from there, and mark the width of the thumbs. To rip the fingers, place the featherboard's acute angle against the fence, as shown in the bottom photo on page 79.

Set your rip fence to cut the first finger 1 \ in. from the left side of the workpiece. Then cut the rest of the fingers, moving the fence V4 in. closer to the blade for each subsequent cut. Stop ripping when you reach the thumb on the right-hand side. When ripping the fingers, stop at the cut's baseline and turn off the saw to prevent kickback, as mentioned in the main text. The extra length on the workpiece will stabilize it against the fence and allow you to keep your hands safely away from the blade.

Last, cut the featherboard to final length, and trim the "thumbs" about V8 in. shorter than the fingers as shown in the drawing. This is easily done with a bandsaw or jigsaw.

To set up the featherboard, clamp it to the fence adjacent to the cutter whenever possible, as shown in the photo. However, if you're ripping thin stock, you can clamp the featherboard just in front of the saw blade to prevent cutting the featherboard itself.

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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