After once more fumbling for a pushblock in the middle of a tablesaw cut—a distraction that can cause uneven, burned cuts—I made this pushblock that stays on my fence just in front of the blade until I need it.

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After once more fumbling for a pushblock in the middle of a tablesaw cut—a distraction that can cause uneven, burned cuts—I made this pushblock that stays on my fence just in front of the blade until I need it. The dimensions shown here are for a Beisemeyer-style fence, but you can adjust them to fit your fence. (See the pattern below, for the handle pattern.)

To use the pushblock, place it on the fence, near the front, with the holddown adjusted to the workpiece thickness. Grip the handle with your right hand; hold the pushblock stationary; and, with your left hand, push the workpiece under the holddown (the hinged heel will flip up). Continue feeding the workpiece into the blade. Once the tail end of the workpiece passes the hinged heel, the heel drops down allowing you to push the workpiece past the blade. Replace the heel when it gets chewed up from cutting narrow stock.
—Aaron Perkins, Lloydminster, Alta.

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