push sticks - Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 11 Old 06-09-2013, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 65
View gpeck's Photo Album My Photos
push sticks

Should push sticks be used if you have a blade cover on your table saw? It does not seem to me that they would be necessary (but I am new to this).
Thanks
gpeck is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 11 Old 06-09-2013, 07:20 PM
Senior Member
 
mengtian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,377
View mengtian's Photo Album My Photos
Yes. I use a push stick unless I am at least 4 inches from the blade.
mengtian is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 06-09-2013, 07:25 PM
where's my table saw?
 
woodnthings's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: SE, Michigan
Posts: 26,983
View woodnthings's Photo Album My Photos
hmmm

Quote:
Originally Posted by mengtian View Post
Yes. I use a push stick unless I am at least 4 inches from the blade.
Do you mean the fence is 4" from the blade? I use one when the wood is 2" from the blade or less and then I like to use a push shoe rather than a stick. However, I saw through some of my push sticks when the work is very narrow. They are easily repaired on the end when they no longer grab the edge properly. I use a bandsaw to recreate the notch.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

Last edited by woodnthings; 06-09-2013 at 09:52 PM. Reason: spelling error/typo
woodnthings is online now  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 11 Old 06-09-2013, 08:05 PM
Old School
 
cabinetman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: So. Florida
Posts: 24,027
View cabinetman's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by woodnthings
hmmm
What key is that hymn in? Is it a sing along?

Quote:
Originally Posted by woodnthings View Post
However, I saw through some of my push ticks when the work is very arrow.
What are push ticks? And what kind of arrows? Real feathers?

Anyway, for the OP, I use push sticks, push shoes, blocks, whatever is needed if the cut looks like it could be hazardous, or if the aid would benefit the type of cut, even with the guard on. I'm not proud.







.
cabinetman is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 06-09-2013, 08:38 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 470
View SeniorSitizen's Photo Album My Photos
I've never cared for push sticks but do use a push shoe/block of my own design of varying thicknesses and I use one on nearly every rip cut regardless of width.

The reason I do is because we've all seen the board coming away from the fence that causes kick back but it's never mentioned why it leaves the fence surface at the far end. Oh, once in awhile someone will say they just lost concentration for some reason.

Then one day I set at my desk, and while assuming a few different positions left to right, I pressed my right thumb against the desk edge, arm slightly extended, and my fingers on the desk top as they would be when ripping a board.

As I applied thumb pressure my finger tips moved in a CCW direction. No surprise there but that happens to be in the same CCW rotation that causes the kick backs. The finger tips can be made to move in a CW direction but with the hand pivoting on the thumb it's un-natural. And to top it off we waxed the table top so material would slide easier.

In the video look at the different locations of the operator's body position in relation to the saw table when he intensionally causes a kick back and when he makes a successful cut. It's difficult to assume correct position for every situation and cut so that's why I enlist the aid of the push shoe/block.
SeniorSitizen is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 06-09-2013, 09:55 PM
where's my table saw?
 
woodnthings's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: SE, Michigan
Posts: 26,983
View woodnthings's Photo Album My Photos
Ok, Ok easy now

Quote:
Originally Posted by cabinetman View Post
What key is that hymn in? Is it a sing along?



What are push ticks? And what kind of arrows? Real feathers?

Anyway, for the OP, I use push sticks, push shoes, blocks, whatever is needed if the cut looks like it could be hazardous, or if the aid would benefit the type of cut, even with the guard on. I'm not proud.







.
I've worn the paint off the letters on my keyboard and the hunt and peck method requires actually seeing the letters. Sorry for any confusion. My spell check works great, but if the syntax is incorrect it won't show in red.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
woodnthings is online now  
post #7 of 11 Old 06-09-2013, 10:09 PM
Senior Member
 
GoIrish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Houston
Posts: 463
View GoIrish's Photo Album My Photos
I use a few different designs depending on clearance and use them for most cuts. Cutting down sheet goods or other large pieces are the exception. What ever you decide, make sure you are comfortable before every cut.
GoIrish is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 06-10-2013, 06:37 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Florida Panhandle
Posts: 12,266
View GeorgeC's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by mengtian View Post

Yes. I use a push stick unless I am at least 4 inches from the blade.
You are braver than I am. I want my hands at least 6 inches away. Of course that will vary with the situation. And if we are talking about between the blade and fence I want even more room.

George
GeorgeC is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 06-10-2013, 07:45 AM
Senior Member
 
mengtian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 1,377
View mengtian's Photo Album My Photos
Quote:
Originally Posted by GeorgeC View Post
You are braver than I am. I want my hands at least 6 inches away. Of course that will vary with the situation. And if we are talking about between the blade and fence I want even more room.

George
I was guessing LOL.....with the fence I want more than 6"! I use sometype of push stick or other device about 90 percent of the time. I mostly do samll things.
mengtian is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 07-18-2013, 07:03 AM
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 15
View Ray Bayless's Photo Album My Photos
After being up for 20hrs I had a lapse of judgment. While making repetitive cuts in one by pine I actually had my left thumb over the blade. The result is 6 stitches and a tetanus shot. If I hadn't had the blade set up for minimal exposure it would have been much worse. I knew better, I had been using 2 push sticks to guide the material through the saw. Like I tell my grandson "if your gonna be stupid you gotta be tough".
Ray Bayless is offline  
post #11 of 11 Old 11-13-2013, 02:22 PM
Senior Member
 
BernieL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Greenville NH
Posts: 1,398
View BernieL's Photo Album My Photos
I use my push stick all the time - had to replace the old one.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	P1010115.jpg
Views:	152
Size:	78.8 KB
ID:	82906  


Its' never hot or cold in New Hampshire... its' always seasonal.
BernieL is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Woodworking Talk - Woodworkers Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
old tobacco sticks watchdog General Woodworking Discussion 10 08-05-2014 04:28 PM
Walking Sticks MmudKatD2 General Woodworking Discussion 16 05-26-2013 11:41 AM
push sticks tcleve4911 Tips, Tricks, & Homemade Jigs 12 10-25-2011 08:50 PM
Push Sticks Tony B General Woodworking Discussion 22 10-09-2008 09:25 AM
Deluxe Push Sticks Ken Johnson General Woodworking Discussion 11 12-27-2007 12:17 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome