In Tricks of the Trade

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Featherboard Ripping Stop

I’m always on the lookout for different ways to use the things I already own. I found that I didn’t need to buy or make an extra jig for ripping thin, uniform strips on my tablesaw, for example. I use my featherboard.

The featherboard clamps into the saw’s miter slot. I just turn it around, so the fingers point towards me, and temporarily place it next to the blade.  I adjust the featherboard so that the distance between its end and the blade is the thickness I want to cut. Next, I slide the featherboard so it’s in front of the blade and lock it in the miter slot.  I set the stock against the featherboard, slide the fence up to the stock’s right edge, and make the rip cut. To make the next cut, I reset the fence.

The advantage to this method is that I can leave the guard on my saw; in this photo, I’ve lifted it out of the way so you can see what’s going on.

Jayne Thorson

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