Feather-Boarding is a part of the craft that I have been exploring for about a month. Several months ago I bought one of the these Kreg feather board
units at the local Lowe's for 20 bucks.
15 minutes after getting it home I had a deeper understanding of how 'non standard' miter slots can be on cheap power tools. I didn't 'cook up' a work around until I felt the urge to rip down 2x4 boards into 1x4 boards, a job that 'yells out' for a feather board.
I searched around the net for FB plans, one of which gave me an idea on how to put the Kreg board I had into service without my miter slot. Bolt the Kreg to a board, clamp the board to the table top, make sawdust!.
In this case i did cut some 1/4" wide slots into the board, about four inches long. The idea was to pick up another axis of adjustment with the Kreg so that I would not have to move the 'board' as often. In some cases, jacking it up off the surface 3/4" with my mounting board wouldn't help. When cutting thick work stock though it does, because it brings the fingers closer to the center of the board being cut.
As sloppy as it is, it helps the cuts a great deal. The Kreg is only about 3/4" thick, so it isn't nearly thick enough to feather a 3.5" edge.
Some time after that experiment, I stumbled into this neat product from Milescraft. It is like two of the Kreg units that can be stacked or used separately. I am probably going to order one of those kits from Amazon for 25.00, in addition to making up some more of my own that are tailored to specific cut types or machines. Milescraft 1407 D/TFeatherBoard Dual or Tandem FeatherBoards for Router Tables and Table or Band Saws
With 3 router tables, two table saws (I bought another one that can use the Kreg!) and a RAS that I do some rips on (when the TS isn't set up, its easier to do a few RIPS on the RAS) I find myself feather board hungry. I'm going to try using some hickory that I have as a material and see how it does.
This page was a goldmine for feather board design ideas & plans Workshop Featherboards at WoodworkersWorkshop.com