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I am using the magnetic feather boards and so far, with great success in regard to controlling the workpiece when making relative long rips. Today, when watching a DVD made in the UK about table saws, the riving knive was illustrated. I am wondering if anybody has any comments as to why the magnetic feather board arrangement might not be as good of a choice if not better than a riving knive, and if anybody knows of any negative issues with the feather board that I am referring to.

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The riving knife serves a similar purpose as a splitter. This keeps the kerf open and prevents the cut from closing and pinching the blade at the back end leading to kickback.

If just using a featherboard, make sure that it's before the blade, so there is no chance of it pressing the kerf closed.

A splitter like the microjig one is a cheap and easy alterative to a riving knife.

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Similar to what Doug said (above) these are two different things and both are very helpful to improve your cut quality and more importantly: your safety. Riving knives / splitters prevent boards from successfully "closing-up" after the cut. Featherboards use a "spring action" to keep the board close to fence and/or table surface. Without these two handy add-ons, quality of cut may be "iffy" the splitters can keep the boards from closing, binding and hitting you and they also help considerably to keep the cut "on track", some of the wood I use is heavy and twisted - without these two add-ons my head would have even more knots than what are already there!


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