Australian Woodsmith 16th April 2020

Push Pad Tray 

A good set of push pads is a must-have safety item when using a jointer. And the jointer bed seems like the logical place to store them. That is, until you walk over to your jointer, with board in hand, and realise the push pads are right in the way of where you need to set the workpiece. Well, this handy, easy-to-mount tray solves that problem while keeping the push pads at the ready.

Simple construction. As shown in the photo at right and the illustration below, the push pad tray is constructed from plywood. The front, back and end pieces all have a groove along their inside edge. This groove holds the plywood bottom panel. The back and front pieces also receive a rebate along their ends. These rebates interlock with the end pieces to make a sturdy tray. I also rounded over the ends of the front piece to keep from snagging my workshop apron.

I drilled a couple of shallow holes in the back of the tray to recess two rare-earth magnets and cups. These are more than enough to hold the tray to the jointer. The tray then goes together with a little glue at the corners and in the groove.           

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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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