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    Router Table Push Stick

    By Peter Schlebecker

    The safest way to get a routed profile on a narrow workpieces to cut the profile on the router table before ripping the stock to final width. Working with wider stock allows you to feed the work past the bit without putting your fingers in harm’s way.

    occasionally, though, you might need to rout a shape onto a piece that’s already quite narrow. Featherboards will help hold the piece firmly to the table surface, but you’ll need a push stick to guide the work snugly against the fence.

    An effective push stick is a simple piece of plywood with a notch cut into one end. The strip lies flat on the router table, with the notch at the trailing end. Two vertical handles, mounted with countersunk drywall screws and glue, make the push stick easy to grab. For the handles, I use scraps from our wood-turning studio, but a large dowel or rounded square stock will do fine.

    (Originally printed in the Sept/Oct 2006 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine (FWW #186))



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    sean mao writes: For ther ultimate in low-tech clamping solutions, use opposing wedges to clamp your work in place.
    Isabella Tieman writes: Top! Thank you for the article my french website mutuelle Comparatif mutuelle santé
    Thomas Filpus writes: If the notch is shallower than the stock, the push stick won't contact the router bit. The second picture shows how the stick does not ride against the fence, but keeps the stock tight to the fence. This may result in tear-out as the bit exits the stock. If you use the push stick to back up the stock to prevent tear out, the notch would be deeper -- to match the stock -- so the plywood base would be sacrificial. In that case, the handles should be attached with screws alone, not glued and screwed.
    Sheldon Sanders writes: Isn't the profile going to get the same profile cut inti it? Doesn't that mean that the notch or the entire gas to be replaced when you shift to another profile?
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