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My local woodyard is run by two brothers, who if they lived in america would be described as hillbilly's.

while there trying to scrounge a piece of flat melamine for a new router table I got suckered into looking at theirs ("oh, you know about router tables?"). Oh boy, what a mistake'a to make'a!

The big makita D handle is not bolted to the table, its wedged from underneath into an undercut and the sideways slop is frightening. He was feeding the wood in from the wrong side and squeezing it between the 45 degree cutter and the fence.
The quote "it doesnt cut nice" was a bit of an understatement.
anyway, I have now been suckered into making a new table top for them.
I have an old kreg plate that has a slight sag and no good for fine box making but is ok for their general building tolerances, so thats easy. They gave me a yard square of kitchen work surface for the top. I have some melamine off cuts for the fence, but now we come to the question...
I am going to have to make feather boards for them but dont know what wood is best. I dont even have any on my table to copy.

So what wood? and what designs, and are there any templates?
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My local woodyard is run by two brothers, who if they lived in america would be described as hillbilly's.

while there trying to scrounge a piece of flat melamine for a new router table I got suckered into looking at theirs ("oh, you know about router tables?"). Oh boy, what a mistake'a to make'a!

The big makita D handle is not bolted to the table, its wedged from underneath into an undercut and the sideways slop is frightening. He was feeding the wood in from the wrong side and squeezing it between the 45 degree cutter and the fence.
The quote "it doesnt cut nice" was a bit of an understatement.
anyway, I have now been suckered into making a new table top for them.
I have an old kreg plate that has a slight sag and no good for fine box making but is ok for their general building tolerances, so thats easy. They gave me a yard square of kitchen work surface for the top. I have some melamine off cuts for the fence, but now we come to the question...
I am going to have to make feather boards for them but dont know what wood is best. I dont even have any on my table to copy.

So what wood? and what designs, and are there any templates?
Thanks
Here are a couple of articles

Easy-Lock Feather Board

How to Make Your Own Featherboards

- there are many more, just search "Making Wood Feather Boards" The one shown in the first article has a nice feature - the shorter first "tine" allows for quick set-up and gives a consistent pressure. A couple of the commercial (plastic) versions have this feature and it makes it quick to set up without a lot of trial and error.

The attached .pdf shows a feather board that we used on the shaper when making a lot of molding for a project, it was just clamped to the table as shown and prevented the relatively thin material from chattering as it came out of the cut. A second featherboard clamped to the fence held the material tight to the table.
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The attached .pdf shows a feather board that we used on the shaper when making a lot of molding for a project, it was just clamped to the table as shown and prevented the relatively thin material from chattering as it came out of the cut. A second featherboard clamped to the fence held the material tight to the table.
That is a different type, interesting design.
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none of those actually name a suitable wood. Does it matter?

They mostly use a 45 bevel to cut the edges of wooden moulded cornice on 3 metre lengths so i shall have to make a long side one and two overhead ones (one in front and one after the cutter).
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Bob I think you need to get your brothers to join the forum before they hurt themselves lol
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Rick, these are Cypriots, english is a very second language and they are not the brightest at the best of times. Good people, but i think they inherited the business and have no desire to improve.
Last year I had to tune their bandsaw for them. He said the customers were complaining about wonky cuts, One look at it and I could see the table was off square, and the fence was out in another direction. When I showed him how to adjust the table he was amazed. No one had ever shown him and he had never thought to ask before I started talking about my bandsaw.
Its getting that I'm spending more time there working on their gear than i spend buying wood.
i'm working up to getting paid in wood.
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And works very well. I like the Plexiglas fingers, have a commercial model with them that provides both sideways and vertical pressure. I've had it for a while, don't know who made it but I see them advertised. Here it's being used along with a std. feather board just to put downward pressure while cutting a strip that's going to be used as a door stop
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none of those actually name a suitable wood. Does it matter?

They mostly use a 45 bevel to cut the edges of wooden moulded cornice on 3 metre lengths so i shall have to make a long side one and two overhead ones (one in front and one after the cutter).
This from the one article - "a clean piece of 3/4" stock (I prefer to use a scrap of 1x6, preferably from stock with less sap than pine)". I have a wooden one that I bought years ago, and it looks like pine to me. I'd go with something that has fine grain, maybe something like white oak or maple?
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Going with the 'work with what you got' philosophy...
Olive | The Wood Database - Lumber Identification (Hardwoods)
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?? Olive wood??? You been hobnoben with those oil people again?

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