Sawtable Featherboard

This featherboard clamps to a saw table to press stock against the rip fence. It helps accuracy when you're ripping oversize stock to final width or cutting grooves, rabbets, or other details in narrow stock or on the edges of wider boards. (See photo.) The featherboard's long arms extend to the edges of a typical saw table and provide solid, two-point clamping.

To make the featherboard, begin by cutting two pieces of wood to the dimensions shown in the drawing. Then join the side arm to the main body. I made a bridle joint, but a glued half-lap joint will work as well. When the glue is dry, miter the 60* angle at the business end of the featherboard and mark a parallel 60° baseline about 6V2 in. up from it.

To cut the fingers, begin by setting the saw fence to cut a Vg-in.-wide finger on the left side of the fingerboard. Then rip to the baseline and turn the saw off to prevent kickback, as described in the main text. For each subsequent cut, reset the fence '/4 in. closer to the blade.

To set up the featherboard, place its fingertips against the workpiece on the infeed side of the blade as shown in the photo below. Avoid pressing the fingers against the work-piece directly opposite the blade.

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