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Support-block featherboard

Shop-made accessory enjoys on-again, off-again attraction.

I didn't want to ruin my brand-new tablesaw fence by attaching permanent fixtures for featherboards. So I came up with this removable jig.

Sized to fit between the fence faces, the magnetic mounting block can be placed anywhere along the fence. Two spacers, each the thickness of the fence face, attach between the mounting block and the featherboard using 1/4-20 knobs that thread into nuts in the T-track. Between uses, the jig stores on the edge of my cast iron tablesaw wing.

— John Vento, Parkville, Mo.


Comments (5)
mcv1937 wrote:

Why not just a down pressure style push tool as I have always done. My experience with magnets has not been very sucessful.

12/25/2012 10:07:32 AM Report Abuse
jimtheodor1466537 wrote:

I use a Unifence so it wouldn't work but one downside I see is like in the picture, when sawing a narrow piece the knobs protruding would get in the way of a push stick. JTT

12/22/2012 11:56:23 AM Report Abuse
robbyw11 wrote:

Drilling and tapping the fence would be a good idea. The other thing to think about is that the back of the fence on a T-square style fence is not secured to the saw. Either add a clamp at the back or make a hook that goes around the rear support bar (angle iron on my fence)

12/20/2012 12:58:47 PM Report Abuse
b12mayfield wrote:

I like the idea of having the feather board or anything else firmly attached I too would worry about it moving when it binds. My idea is a saddle that is a feather board which is heavy enough not to move when a bind happens.

12/20/2012 11:12:43 AM Report Abuse
JP0 wrote:

Good thinking. I would be concerned with potential kickback throwing the workpiece upward and knocking the featherboard and magnet combo backwards. I was thinking about this for my saw - drill and tap some holes and install a t track down the middle. Infinite number of possibilities from there. Chopnhack

12/23/2011 11:06:13 PM Report Abuse

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