In Tricks of the Trade

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Editor’s note: Special thanks to reader Bob L, who pointed out that putting a rare earth magnet that close to a moving saw blade can have catastrophic consequences. If you choose to use this tip, please ensure the magnet is adequately recessed and high enough to be out of the way for your specific saw. 

I really got tired of digging around to find my tablesaw’s push stick each time I needed it, so I figured out a way to attach it to the fence using a rare-earth magnet. I drilled a 1/2″ counterbore in the push stick’s face, 1-1/2″ up from the bottom (so the magnet won’t be hit by the blade), and super-glued the magnet in the hole. I drilled a similar hole in my fence, on the right side, to hold the magnet’s mating washer. –Jim Dailey

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  • bobleistner

    I find it hard to believe that you would recommend a magnet and a tablesaw blade in the same vicinity to each other. Looking for a big law suit?
    Bob L.

    • Collin Knoff

      Thanks for reaching out Bob- while the original design did take the blade into account, the tip itself isn’t clear enough in explaining the risks involved if the magnet is positioned incorrectly. I’ve added a note at top of the article with this info.

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