Fast and even featherboard
I saw your Ask WOOD® piece on featherboards and wanted to share my method for making all those cuts quickly and accurately.
I saw your Ask WOOD® piece on featherboards in the Dec/Jan 2007/2008 issue (no. 181, p. 92), and wanted to share my method for making all those cuts quickly and accurately.
First cut several spacers 1⁄16 " thick and 6" long. Draw a line down the center of the featherboard blank, and set your bandsaw's fence to make the first cut down that centerline. Add a spacer between the fence and the blank and make a second cut. Then, flip the board edge-for-edge to make a matching cut on the other side of the centerline. Repeat the process of adding spacers and making matching cuts to complete the featherboard.
—Fred Noland, Clarkston, Wash.