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Winter 2013-2014

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New-Style Featherboards

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We’re big fans of featherboards. They make router table and tablesaw work safer by providing pressure in places your fingers shouldn’t go.


Woodhaven has introduced newly designed featherboards that they’re calling Hold-Downs and Hold-Ins. Traditional-style featherboards (with numerous flexible fingers) are difficult to install, because they have to be pushed hard against the workpiece (but not too hard, or the workpiece won’t slide). Only light pressure is required to position Hold-Downs and Hold-Ins so they’ll guard against kickback and still let the workpiece slide. The secret is their slick plastic composition and the unique shape of their fingers.


The Hold-Downs mount to a bracket (it’s supplied) that you fasten to your fence. The Miter Hold-In fits in any standard size (3/8 in. x 3/4 in.) table slot. The Universal Hold-In (not shown) clamps anywhere on your saw or router table, because it mounts on a wooden fence that you provide. Prices range from $16 to $43. A variety of combinations are available.