FEATHERBOARD

Sometimes it’s helpful to have a second hand to guide your boards through a saw or router. I’ve made two featherboards that solve this problem.

 

One featherboard is for keeping the wood tight against the fence while cutting.

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This featherboard is held in position with a miter gauge slot bar.

 

The second featherboard is for keeping the wood down tight against the table top, which is especially helpful when ripping a large piece of plywood, or a long board.

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I used ¾” pine, cutting the fingers with a bandsaw. I made the cuts 1/8” center to center. I thought it might be best if I made the cuts in line with the wood grain. So I made the cuts before shaping the featherboard, so that I could use the fence on the bandsaw to guide the board when making all the cuts. The fingers are slanted at 30°.

 

Drill 5/16holes. Then with a scroll saw, Cut out the slots for the ¼” mounting bolts.

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I had to make an adapter to bolt the featherboard to my table saw.

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It also works on my router table. 

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