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  • brooksbuilt
    started a topic T-Slot Featherboard recommendations, (please!)

    T-Slot Featherboard recommendations, (please!)

    Hello again,

    I'm looking for a featherboard I can purchase that'll fit in my Ridgid tablesaw T-Slot. I've looked at a few but I'd like to see what some of you, professionals, think.


    Thanks!

  • Bob D.
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    I use one of these on the TS fence and it works OK. It came with a bunch of 1/2" thick spacers so you can stand it off the fence a ways and get pressure out near the blade.
    http://www.amazon.com/Rousseau-3301-.../dp/B0009H5NV0


    I just picked up at the WW Show a MagSwitch Pro featherboard(upper left corner in photo). This has a Horz. and Vert. featherboard on it and with the 2 magnets (man they are super strong let me tell you) it looks like it will be a winner.



    Their brochure even shows a MagSwitch being used to lift a TS-3650 completely off the ground (don't try this at home )


    Ya gotta wonder though, cause they show one of their MagSwitches being used to steady the fence on a TS-3650, and since the fence clamps to BOTH rails it is not going to move if properly adjusted. Other styles of fences may have theis problem, but I don't see it on the TS-3650.
    Last edited by Bob D.; 01-09-2007, 07:23 PM.

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  • BadgerDave
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    You could attach a featherboard directly to the fence with some 1/4" hex head bolts but you'd be very limited in the thickness of wood you could utilize the featherboard on. Your second idea is what I did.

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  • dieselgg
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    Can we attach a featherboard that has a Tslot adapter directly on the Tslot of the fence. Or would it be better to attach a wood face board first and then clamp a featherboard to it.

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  • BadgerDave
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    ironhat, the slot adapter comes with the HF feather board.

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  • ironhat
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    To anybody using the HF f.boards, do you need a slot adapter like you do with the bench dogs? At an additional $10 the BDog units are pricey. Not to mention that after driving a little more than an hour to get to Woodcraft I get home to find out that that I need this adapter - grrrr! The HF store is immediately beside Woodcraft - imagine the possibilities for emptying a wallet and a checkbook all in the same day.

    Later,
    Chiz

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  • papadan
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    I like this type from Woodcraft. http://www.woodcraft.com/family.aspx?familyid=1651 Made for standard slot but I take the base piece off and use a T bolt on my router table besides the standard base for my table saw.

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  • Bob D.
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    Look at the 10-325 which just came out.
    13" resaw and other improvements over the 10-320

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  • Hector B
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    Originally posted by Tnblues30 View Post
    Hey everyone new to the forum. I noticed that BenchDogs were on sale til December 31, 2006 at WoodCraft
    Thanks TnBlues30. I was going there to check out the Rikon 10-320 14" Bandsaw this week.
    Welcome to the forum.

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  • Tnblues30
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    Feather Boards by BenchDOG on Sale

    Hey everyone new to the forum. I noticed that BenchDogs were on sale til December 31, 2006 at WoodCraft

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  • Hector B
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    Thanks Bob D. I'll check on some poplar scraps.

    brooksbuilt - figure out what you're gonna do yet??

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  • Bob D.
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    For featherboards some straight-grained popular should work fine, and not expensive. Stay away from wood with knots in it, tight or otherwise. Choose wood with grain that runs in the direction of the feather cuts so that your cuts will be in-line with the grain, and produce long flexible slivers of wood that will not snap or break.

    Pine would also work and if you don't have any scrap to use look in the scrap or offcuts bin at the lumberyard. If you are there buying lumber and are a 'regular' ask if you can have one or two pieces 12 to 18" long from the scrap box to make featherboards out of.

    When I worked in a lumberyard just out of school we used to burn this stuff in the winter so its not like it going to cost them anything to give it away. If you have not noticed HD and Lowes have a bin or rack close to the swing arm saw (or they might have a big RAS). In there you'll find short cuts for less than a buck. Why buy a good 6 or 8 ft board then cut it into short pieces for featherboards?

    That lumberyard I worked at also donated many BF of wood to the local Cub and Boy Scouts and 4-H Groups for various projects for many years.

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  • Hector B
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    You know, now that I think about it, I'm in process of refurbishing a 12 year old Craftsman Tilting Head Band Saw, and maybe I'll use it to make my own fence mounted feather boards. I've already got the 3/16" toilet bolts, the nobs I can get at my local Woodcraft. Hmmmmm. Sounds like a plan. Besides, $40 for the FL200 Tandems is pretty steep right now.

    Anyone know what wood would be good to use?

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  • nobunaga-sama
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    Say no more...

    Hey Dave,
    Oda Nobunaga was a Daimyo (lord) until (i think is was) 1582 when he was assassinated by one of his own generals.
    He was a major butt-kicker at the time.

    Well it seems like for the price the HF feather would be just fine.
    If BadgerDave says it's a keeper then by-gum i'm gettin me one too!

    Thanks Dave

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  • BadgerDave
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    Originally posted by nobunaga-sama
    Hey BadgerDave, what is your opinion of the Feather Loc compared to the HF that you have?
    nobunaga-sama(what the hell does that mean anyway), I've never really looked at or used the Feather Loc so I'm basing my comments on what I read on Hectors link.

    I really can't see much advantage with the Feather Loc FL100 over the HF model. Both are made of plastic. I'm sure the FL100 is heavy duty plastic but then so is the HF. The main purpose of the feather board is to hold your workpiece against either a fence or hold it down to the table top when making a cut. My HF unit has never failed to do that nor has it ever come loose once its been tightened down.

    I don't like the price tag but I do like the looks of the FL200 feather board. I've been looking for a feather board that will mount to the slots in the Ridgid fence and this one appears that it will.

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