Routertable Featherboard

Here's a good featherboard for the router table. It's wide enough to give you solid, two-point clamping to a table overhang, and provides positive pressure against a router-table fence.

To make the featherboard, cut a straight-grain piece of hardwood to 45/8 in. wide by about 18 in. long. You'll cut the workpiece to final length after ripping the fingers. The extra workpiece length will keep your hands a safe distance from the blade. Cut a 60" angle at one end, then draw a parallel baseline 3 to 4 in. up from it. (See drawing.) Cut the fingers in the same manner described for making the saw-table featherboard. When you're done ripping the fingers, crosscut the featherboard to a length that will reach from the edge of your router table to the bit, as shown in the photo.

To set up the featherboard, place its fingers firmly against the workpiece right at the cutter. When routing thin or narrow stock, there are two important considerations: First of all, check that the featherboard doesn't push the workpiece into the fence opening, causing it to catch on the leading edge of the outfeed fence. If this happens, just back the featherboard off a bit. Secondly, in some rare operations the fingers can spring in and contact the bit at the end of the cut. To prevent this, simply cut out a few of the center fingers to provide the necessary clearance.

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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