Locked-In Featherboard

Here’s a great way to keep a featherboard anchored on your table saw.

The Family Handyman

Here’s a great way to keep a featherboard anchored on your table saw, courtesy of ingenious tipster Shannon Hooge.

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First, saw a 45-degree angle on one end of a 4-in. wide board and saw the 3-in. feather slots, leaving 1/8-in. fingers between cuts on the angled end. Cut a 5/16-in. wide slot 6 in. long and 1-1/2 in. back from the feathered end to receive a 1-in. x 1/4-in. machine screw.

Next, cut a hardwood strip that slides tightly into the saw’s miter slot. Drill and countersink a 1/4-in. hole near the middle of the strip and saw a 5-in. long kerf across the hole with a jigsaw. Use a countersink to taper the hole. Join the featherboard to the strip with the machine screw, washers and wing nut, and place on the saw with the strip in the miter slot. Tighten the wing nut to expand the strip, thereby tightening it in the miter slot. Now all you need is a clamp on the end of the featherboard to rip boards a lot more smoothly and safely.

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