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Wider Is Better for Resaw Feather Boards

Build this beefed-up feather board for smooth results while resawing on the bandsaw.

As a maker of guitars, I do a great deal of resawing to create the thin slices of material I need for my work, frequently with expensive woods like ebony and rosewood. When resawing, it's very important to keep the workpiece firmly against the fence. If it moves away from the fence, even a little, the blade will make an ugly cut that will cost me money in wasted material. To maintain the necessary pressure, I created this "amped-up" version of a feather board that applies pressure across a wide area. The jig is essentially two feather boards separated by a lift box. I made the box from 3/4" birch plywood, and screwed the feather boards to its top and bottom. You could make the box taller for workpieces wider than 6".

- Joel Nowland, West Point, Utah

Editor's note: Joel used the "4-in-1" combination feather boards from Harbor Freight Tools ($6 each, part no. 36697-0VGA), and removed the level and scale from each feather board's center. Call or click: 805-388-3000;


Comments (4)
zoloftandxanax wrote:

This is a great idea and I built it, but it is almost useless for me. I can't resaw anything less than about 1.25 inches because the wings on the knobs on the featherboard hit the lift box and prevent me from tightening. Small round knobs might work if I can tighten them enough. I might try nuts instead of knobs, but then I need a wrench every time. There's always a fly in the ointment. :-)

2/7/2012 03:31:02 PM Report Abuse
zmaker wrote:

Enlarge image function worked fine for me.

12/31/2011 06:36:59 PM Report Abuse
DonHDavis wrote:

Still doesn't work

12/30/2011 10:30:18 PM Report Abuse
emeraldhomeimprovements wrote:

why doesn't the enlarge image function work?

12/29/2011 01:09:00 PM Report Abuse

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