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Default Featherboard alternatives?

I guess I saw what would be a type of spring board (?) on the Router Workshop, maybe they called them "apostrophes"?

Looked like an interesting concept. Was wondering if anyone has pics of their homemade spring boards or other featherboard alternatives?

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I found this online, but the link to a tool seller didn't show them. Was this it?
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I've seen one that uses a 1/8 or 3/16 thick strip of wood that clamped to the fence so that it bows down onto the work but I don't have a picture and it was quite while ago. Member with user name Botelho from Brazil , who we haven't seen here for a while, posted a very simple method for making a standard type one once. You could probably find it using the Community Search.

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I have seen a lot of great ideas for methods of holding work against the fence, including the one you mention. I have always just made my own feather boards before I finally invested in some plastic ones. There are some metal spring finger hold down sold. I bought a router table that had them on the fence,but didn't like them so took them off, because they left blck marks on the wood. Wooden ones would not do that.

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I forgot to mention Board Buddies for the router table: https://www.amazon.ca/Woodstock-W110...SIN=B0000223VK That's one other option.
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I forgot to mention Board Buddies for the router table: https://www.amazon.ca/Woodstock-W110...SIN=B0000223VK That's one other option.
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Is this what you had in mind?

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Yes! Interested in those kind of ideas and what everyone has made themselves. Not so much interested in store-bought.

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They are easy to make and work well. I have a few buried out there in my shop that I made many years ago for use with my 5 in One tool and router table.

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That's the one I was thinking about. Someone posted a few years ago where they had adapted that for use on a router fence to hold the work down. I can't remember how they had it mounted.

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