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I cut a lot of small to very small pieces on my miter saw and several years ago I embraced Ted Baldwin's techniques for cutting small pieces safely.

His technique of using a piece of wood as a hold-down to keep your fingers away from the blade is something I practice religiously. But at some point I tend to use my hold-down scrap for something else and then have to dig around for a new one the next time I cut something small.

I finally broke down and purchased the 10 Million Dollar Stick from FastCap. Actually, the stick is about $15— the 10 Million part is the value of your fingers.

The FastCap hold-down stick is made from some kind of sturdy plastic, with two legs and feet at one end which are roughly 3 1/2" apart. Both the single end and the double end have thick non-skid dots about a 1/2" in diameter. The 18" stick raises about 2 1/4" inches at the double foot end which allows you plenty of leverage to apply pressure to the stock you are cutting. There is a cushioned hand grip in the center which helps you apply pressure and control the the stick. The ergonomics work well and the non-skid dots don't slip.

I have found it to be a handy addition to my miter saw. It saves me time trying to find a long scrap to use as a hold-down and another scrap to use as fulcrum point. It's works well keeping your fingers away from the sharp, spinning stuff and the investment is minimal. If you aren't using some system for keeping your fingers safe when cutting small pieces, check it out.
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I really like that thing, Oliver. Thanks for sharing. I'm not much to buy gadgets but I think this one might be an exception.

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thanks for the heads up Oliver...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Oliver,

It is interesting to see that they have made the handle plastic. The version I have has a wood handle.

It is impressive how much hold down power you can get with this simple tool, and how easy it is to use. The rubber pad on the back end works for moving small off cuts away from the blade when using the miter gauge on the table saw.
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Anyone who has a miter saw, or basic tools, could easily make their own version of this, basically for free. It's just a plastic stick with some rubber stickers on it.

I'm skeptical what RouterForums is doing recently, given the recent changes and the appearance of this type of "sponsored content."

Feels like someone's trying to sell out the community, or trying to prove the value to potential buyers/sponsors.
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Anyone who has a miter saw, or basic tools, could easily make their own version of this, basically for free. It's just a plastic stick with some rubber stickers on it.

I'm skeptical what RouterForums is doing recently, given the recent changes and the appearance of this type of "sponsored content."

Feels like someone's trying to sell out the community, or trying to prove the value to potential buyers/sponsors.
We've had tool reviews on this site since day one. Just a bunch of guys and gals sharing what works in their shop....
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Anyone who has a miter saw, or basic tools, could easily make their own version of this, basically for free. It's just a plastic stick with some rubber stickers on it.

I'm skeptical what RouterForums is doing recently, given the recent changes and the appearance of this type of "sponsored content."

Feels like someone's trying to sell out the community, or trying to prove the value to potential buyers/sponsors.
First off, this is not sponsored content. I bought the tool and I use the tool and I think others can benefit from it. Yes, you are correct, anyone can make something similar for little or no cost that can work equally well. I did for several years. I just happen to find this inexpensive, dedicated tool helpful. And yes, it is store bought ... just like my all my featherboards and push sticks.

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I'm speaking with everyone's best interests in mind.

It makes sense to discuss or encourage people to buy various bits of equipment that can't be easily made from scratch, or is beyond the average person's technical proficiency. The forum is a resource that saves us time and money, through the unfiltered transmission of candid advice, informed by real personal experience.

I can't make a ruler with laser etched accuracy on my own. I can't spend the time or money it would require to build power tools from scratch. I can't get a low cost perfect edge on a blade without someone providing a little guidance. And I can't tell how rugged a piece of equipment is unless someone honestly tells me what they've read or experienced. So, someone like me comes here looking to absorb and rebroadcast the things that will legitimately help the grass roots woodworker. And I've freely participated for about a year now.

When I come across a post like the one that started this thread, and place it in the context of some other recent posts (like the Sharp 9000btu mini split thread), and see that everyone's password is getting changed for some kind of server reset on the back end, it makes me skeptical that there's something changing behind the scenes.

I don't want this site to turn into another data combine, harvesting our information and funneling it to the highest paying advertiser, or covertly duping the community into wasting their hard earned money on orchestrated product fads.

Now if I'm wrong, and this plastic stick is just organically popping up, with an MSRP of 10-15x markup, then so be it. But at least I reminded the folks on here that even $15 took time and effort to earn from the world, and they're better off using that money on things they can't easily and cheaply be done on their own.
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Thanks, once again Oliver. You always have the best interest of the forum members when sharing your woodworking techniques.
I did not know this product existed. I am not a gadget freak, but a SAFETY FIRST kind of guy. I will certainly get one of these
little guys, along with one or more of their tape measures, once I decide which one I want. I do cut a lot of small parts, this will
certainly safeguard any potential hand injuries.

Recently a co worker had a woodworking accident. He has not been back to work yet. He might not. Very unfortunate. My brother
does home remodeling, I will get him one also.

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