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,
Push sticks made in 'L' shapes,
and lazy-l shapes,
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!