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Australian Woodsmith 27th November 2019

Universal Sliding Featherboard

Not all of my stationary tools have a convenient location to clamp a featherboard to their surface. And the fact that my router table doesn’t have a mitre gauge slot made coming up with a solution even more of a challenge. To address this problem, I made this simple sliding featherboard system.

SIMPLE CONSTRUCTION. The featherboard system is easy to build. It consists of a plywood base with a section of T-track recessed in a groove cut in the surface of the base. The finger end of the featherboard has two layers. This allows the fingers to sit flush on the machine surface. It’s easiest to cut the upper half of the featherboard to shape first and then glue the lower section in place. I then cut evenly-spaced fingers at the table saw. Two adjustment slots are located on the upper section for the knobs and bolts.

HOW IT WORKS. I simply clamp the featherboard system to the top of my table saw or router table. After sliding the featherboard into position against a workpiece, lock it in place using the knobs.

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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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