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Handheld Featherboard





This unusual push stick provides fingertip control without risking your fingertips. Its V-notch end wraps around the board’s edge to hold the workpiece against both the table and the fence, and its flexible tines produce a gripping action. The curved handle provides a comfortable hand position and effective control. 


To make this handy helper, you’ll need a piece of oak or other hard wood that measures 3/4 in. x 4 in. x 18 in. Start by making the V-groove. Saw one end of your blank at a 35-degree angle. Then tilt your tablesaw blade to 45 degrees and use your miter gauge to cut the V-notch. Finish by sawing the curved handle and the 1/16-in.-wide tines on a bandsaw.




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