making feather boards
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?