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Hello All!
Safety is #1...Especially with fast moving, sharp objects that your hands get close to...

The Web is full of articles, plans, and photos of push sticks and push bars. From $0 to upwards of $100.

The plastic push stick that came with my Kobalt table saw is a good start, although you can't clamp to the fence if you take it out to use it - go figure...

I've seen You Tube vids, with people using 1 push stick, 2 push sticks, a push stick and a push block, singly or in pairs.

Push sticks made like hand saws,

push sticks made like wimmen,

Swans,

Rams,

Fish,

and fingers.


Push sticks made in 'L' shapes,

and lazy-l shapes,

with curved,

straight,

and non-existent handles.

Pushsticks with rubber shelf lining on the bottom.

And tapered rubber washers.


Push blocks made from 4x4 with a drawer handle on the top,

Vertical stock push blocks,

push blocks that fit over the fence,


and push blocks/sticks that fit over saw blades,

and push blocks with two handles.


They are labeled "the best pushstick,"

"the best pushstick ever,"

and even "the ultimate pushstick."


And that is JUST the DIY push sticks and blocks...
Getting into all the commercial products for sale just makes my head (and wallet) hurt...

Now, I understand that some of it is hype, some of it is "what to do with scrap wood," and some of it is personalizing your hand made push stick.
But with safety SUCH an important concern with Power Tools, and being totally clueless, highly intimidated, and unable to get the cats to do the dangerous work for me, I am asking you kind, experienced, and knowledgeable folk to help me make a semi-informed choice on what kind of pushing device do I need, and what is/are the better choices?

I don't really want to have a push stick/push block collection...
Thanks for your input!
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If a push stick keep your digits away from the blade and the piece being machine secure, then it's a good push stick.

Then it comes down to what you are comfortable with, what is comfortable in your hand.

Then, if you have scrap wood that'll be good enough to make it with, then that'll do nicely.
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KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) because its heartbreaking to put all that work into something thats gonna get chewed up on a regular basis.
9mm ply, make a template, cut a half dozen at a time. Sorted.
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If you have to rip narrow pieces then you are going to chew up your push stick in somewhat short order so it is best to have it home made and to consider it expendable. My personal choice is the lazy I type made out of 1/4" ply. Quick and easy to make and cheap. I do like the idea of the 4x4 block with replaceable end to it though. I might have to give that one a try. I have a plastic one I bought for a few dollars that is about 3/4" wide so I use it for cuts between 1" and where I feel comfortable putting my hand between the blade and the fence. The main thing is to have them and use them. You can replace push sticks. You can't replace fingers.
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thanks again @Moz ...
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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
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picture 1.

KISS (Keep It Simple, Stupid) because its heartbreaking to put all that work into something that's gonna get chewed up on a regular basis.
9mm ply, make a template, cut a half dozen at a time. Sorted.
don't forget MISS.. (Make It Super Simple)...

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The problem with a lot of "push" sticks is that they only push. You want downward pressure on the wood to prevent it from riding up on the blade and causing kick back. And you want to keep your hands away from the blade as well.

I have the GRR-RIPPER model GR-200 and wouldn't be without it. A little expensive, but worth the money from a safety aspect. With some extra attachments you can rip pieces as narrow as 1/8 inch.

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The problem with a lot of "push" sticks is that they only push. You want downward pressure on the wood to prevent it from riding up on the blade and causing kick back. And you want to keep your hands away from the blade as well.

I have the GRR-RIPPER model GR-200 and wouldn't be without it. A little expensive, but worth the money from a safety aspect. With some extra attachments you can rip pieces as narrow as 1/8 inch.

GRR-RIPPER® - MICROJIG - Work Smarter
is cheating allowed???

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Stick, I may have to adopt you...

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is cheating allowed???

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That's not cheating, that's adapting
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