MISC. HOME MADE WORKSHOP TOOLS

 

I’m always willing to make some of my own tools in order to save a little money. Fortunately I am retired, so I have the time to do this. These push pads were easy to put together.

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You need to have something that will grip the wood without sliding. This material works well.

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I made my push pads 6” long so that I could get two pads from one length of the pad material. A 3/4” dowel is a comfortable fit for the handle.

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For 40 years I’ve always struggled and jury-rigged things to hold up long boards for my table saw and miter saw. I don’t know why it took me so long to finally make a convenient set of supports.

 

I wanted to have something that could fold flat, so that it could be set aside without taking up a lot of room, until I needed it. I used a set of self-closing cabinet door hinges that I had on hand. These work well so the feet don’t swing around.

 

As many jigs as I make, I make my own threaded knobs to save some money. I epoxied a ¼” t-nut in the upright support for the adjustment knob.

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This is handy for ripping multiple narrow strips on the table saw. 

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The miter gauge slot insert is made with any hardwood with a slot, made with a scroll saw, that expands as the ¼” flat head screw is drawn up into the insert.

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Just push the fence over until the board touches the jig. Do this repeatedly after each rip to get consistent strips.

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