Download the free pattern to cut out these push sticks. Safety first.
Work safer in the workshop by building a few push sticks and push blocks. You can even use up scrap wood for this project.
To make these thin push sticks I use a piece of 1/4 inch thick hardboard (Masonite).
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for an adjustable push stick for the table saw. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software.
A push block is a flat board with a top-mounted handle that allows the user to maintain downward pressure. There are two basic designs, each with a distinct function.
A long reach keeps fingers safe when resawing. This bandsaw push stick is made from 1/2 inch plywood, and the shape is cut on the bandsaw. Edges are rounded over with a rasp or router.
This push block is made from 1/2 inch plywood, and the shape is cut on the bandsaw. Edges are rounded over with a rasp or router.
Use a push stick for safer rip cuts on the tablesaw. All you need is a simple plywood cutout.
I find many push sticks somewhat unnerving to use. So I made a sturdy push block for my table saw that keeps my hand well above the blade. And the wide body of the block pushes the workpiece on both sides of the saw blade.
If one thing should be on your list it definitely a push stick. Do not limit yourself to one model but rather to different shape for various application. The push stick can be built from scrap wood such as pieces of plywood.