Follow along at AtelierDuBricoleur and build your own wide sliding featherboard.
Follow along and make your own wide sliding featherboard. Lots of shop pics to help you.
Build these featherboard risers to prevent the workpiece from tilting towards the blade when cutting.
This is a link to a Google 3D SketchUp drawing for simple jig to use with clamps to make feather boards. You will need the SketchUp software to download this drawing and its freely available online. We do not provide support for this software.
With this adjustable miter-slot featherboard, a twist of the wrist is all it takes to hold your work in place. This featherboard has a pointed end, which allows me to switch from the tablesaw to the bandsaw without having to disassemble the gadget.
Featherboards are simple jigs that enhance both safety and accuracy. Also called fingerboards, they will hold narrow or thin stock securely against a tool fence or table without jeopardizing your fingers.
Guarantee perfect rip cuts with this quick-to-set tablesaw helper.
Springy fingers? Interestingly enough, the amount of flexibility in a feather board is inversely proportional to its effectiveness; the springier the fingers, the less likely they will control your stock when you really need them to.
Feather boards have been around in one form or another for a long time and for most woodworkers they are invaluable. It is like having a second or third pair of hands that never get tired. There are two methods that I have used to make feather boards over the years, one is a band saw method and the other is a table saw method.
I use my table saw when cutting a groove in the edge of a workpiece. To keep tall pieces stable during the cut I made a featherboard that applies pressure over a wider area of the board.