Push Sticks

by Mr Blessed 500
(New Jersey)

SHOP MADE PUSH STICKS Push sticks for feeding stock into saw blades or jointer knives are commercially available, but you can easily make your own using 3/4 inch plywood and a band saw or saber saw. No one shape is ideal; design a push stick that is comfortable to use and suitable for the machine and job at hand. A 45 'angle between the handle and the base is best for most cuts on a table saw, while a smaller angle, with the handle closer to the table, is better for feeding stock across a radial arm saw table. The long base of a shoe-shaped push stick (bottom, left) allows you to apply heavy downward pressure on a workoiece. For a familiar grip, Use a favorite handsaw handle as a hold the stock, and yet shallow enough make the notch in the base large enough to template (bottom, right). Whatever the design, to support it without touching the -14" table of the machine. Keep push sticks close at hand, ready to feed stock at the start or finish of a cut.

• Wear appropriate safety gear when operating a woodworking machine: safety glasses a face shield for extra protection and hearing protectors or earplugs. If there is no dust collection system wear a dust mask. For exotic woods such as ebony, use a respirator; the sawdust may cause an allergic reaction.
• Make sure that workshop lighting and ventilation are adequate and that work surfaces are large and sturdy.
• Read your owners manual carefully before operating any machine.
• Tie back long hair roll up long sleeves and avoid loose-fitting clothing. Remove rings and other jewelry that can catch in moving parts.
• Keep children, onlookers and pets away from the work area.
• Unplug a machine before, performing setup or installation operations.
• Concentrate on the job: do not rush or take shortcuts. Never work when you are tired, stressed or have been drinking alcohol or using medications that induce drowsiness.
• Whenever possible. clamp down the work piece leaving both hands free to perform an operation.
• Find a comfortable stance: avoid over-reaching.
• Turn the machine off if it produces an unfamiliar vibration or noise: have the machine serviced before resuming operations.
• Keep your work area clean and tidy; clutter can lead to accidents.

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