Making a Push Stick
it comes to using a table saw safely,
one thing that should be on your list definitely should be a push stick. Do not limit
yourself to one model but rather to different shapes for various applications. The
push stick can be built from scrap wood such as pieces of plywood. It may
prove useful some day in saving a finger or two (or worse)!
The push stick is very handy for ripping thin
material on a table saw. How thin should the material be? Some manufacturers
that if ripping material on a table saw that measures 5" or less you should use
a push stick. Generally that's the minimum rule, but one should keep in mind to
compensate for the width of the hand.
Below is a diagram of one type of push stick.
Feel free to adjust the dimensions that suit your needs best. Remember, the
push stick alone is not the safest tool but in combination with a feather board and
clamps, it helps improve safety. Always be alert and work when your are fully rested
when using a table saw and other cutting tools. Better be safe than sorry!