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Australian Woodsmith 16th September 2020
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Push Block Holder

When using the table saw, there’s often an awkward moment when I need to pick up a push block midway through a cut to complete the process safely. It seems that no matter how close I position the push block, I occasionally fumble with it when it’s lying flat on the saw table.

To solve this problem, I built this push block holder that sits right on top of my rip fence and holds my push block upright where it’s easy to grab. It’s simply a plywood cradle with a couple of rare-earth magnets recessed in the base to hold it in place. Now, my push block is always at the ready without an uncomfortable or unsafe reach.

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SAFETY IN THE WORKSHOP Safety devices, such as riving knives, guards on table saws and guards over router bits have been deliberately left out of the line drawings in Australian Woodsmith projects in order to make them easier to follow. It goes without saying that where safety devices have been supplied by the manufacturers you should use them. We encourage the use of push sticks as good work practice.
    Exercise vigilance and the greatest of care when using power tools, whether stationary or portable. Keep all your tools sharp and well maintained. Wear protective eyewear, a dust mask and a hearing protector when appropriate. By limiting distractions and developing safe work practices you will go a long way to avoiding workshop accidents. So, work safe fellow woodworkers.  -Editor
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