Safety is the most important thing in the workshop. Here are two options for building table saw jigs to keep your hands at a safe distance.
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).
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.
Here is a look at a few simple homemade tools and jigs that can prove useful on all sorts of DIY projects. Router and circular saw guides, as well qs a few push sticks. A jig is an accessory used in woodworking or metalworking that controls the movement or location of a tool.
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.