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Here is how I made feet for my most recent box. All manner of designs are possible by passing the material over more than one cutter. As this was my first attempt I was not very ambitious. The piece of wood that I used was an off-cut from the box itself and just happened to look the right size.
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That made that box even nice Harry. Great job. What a wondeful box!

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Nicely done. Thanks for sharing your technique with everyone. I'm amazed how much I've learned in the past week since joining the forum.

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Hi Harry

Nice job BUT I'm disappointed you didn't come up with a way to make them with the ski setup,,,,,I was almost sure you would come back with a way to make the feet but I was looking forward to see how you or Tom would do it..the safe way like with the bits below...
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The pictures you posted show how you did it but that's a bit scarey for most router table users.....and use the term "finger"

I would suggest using a push block like the one(s) in the snapshot below, the long on will hold (saw handle type) the item down and push it along with one push block ,plus with the knob up front,this will keep both hands out of the way of the bit...


But the feet sure do help the looks of that great box Harry...

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Bj, if you study the pics. you will see that there is no way in the whole wide world that I could have touched the cutter, not only was there half the thickness of the workpiece but also the thickness of the piece on top of it between cutter and finger.
Regarding use of the skis, I'm glad you mentioned that because it illustrates the fact that Tom and I are not "pushing" templates and skis, only demonstrating other ways of using the router, this means that I can CHOOSE which method is best suited to a particular task, in other words I'm more versatile than many other woodworkers, as you now are Bj.

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but that's a bit scarey for most router table users.....and use the term "finger"
Maybe I just don't know enough to be scared --
Or - maybe I am brain damaged after all --
I DID grow up swinging on swing sets with WOODEN seats and sliding down tall METAL slides and riding in the front seat of the car with no car seat (or even seat belt).

But what Harry shows there - is pretty much the way I have always used a router table. And I was never scared -- just concerned enough to respect it.

In fact -- it was only fairly recently I bothered using feather boards and push sticks.
I just hold the stock with my hand - make sure I know where the bit is and where my fingers are -- and make sure they aren't in the same place.

NOT criticizing BJ -- anything someone does not to get injured is a good thing for them. And I am not encouraging anyone to take up my 'bad habits'.

Just an observation that if all the things in the world that someone tells us are dangerous - were half as dangerous as they want us to believe --
Most of us wouldn't be here.
AND YET -- at the same time --
A glass of water is dangerous -- if used incorrectly -
Pretty much everything in life is a balance of risk vs benefit.

And yes -- Harry -- I am PROUD of you for not trying to convince me/us that we had to have such and such a setup to do this
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I tend to agree with Bob about the 'fingers' stuff. I play piano and it would not do good to lose a digit....I'd be missing many a note (some say I already do)....but I also agree with DC. The comfort level for each is different according to their skills and hours of use. For me, I also noticed the finger comment and thought it might be dangerous. I start to tingle if my fingers get within 6 inches of the router bit, but that's just me. I'm very glad this part has been brought up, as I think it could mislead beginner router workers.

Now, having said all that, what a wonderful box and thank you very much for sharing your techniques Harry. I will put them to good use down the road.

As usual, so much to learn, so little time......sigh......:-)
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Here is how I made feet for my most recent box. All manner of designs are possible by passing the material over more than one cutter. As this was my first attempt I was not very ambitious. The piece of wood that I used was an off-cut from the box itself and just happened to look the right size.
That is one good looking box Harry. The little feet are just right and set it off beautifully.
I shall file this one away for future reference.
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BJ The push blocks are just what I needed. My plastic push blocks, identical to the ones in your photo, are missing the rubber from the bottoms. I shall take your lead and mount them to wood blocks.
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Hi Harry

Nice job BUT I'm disappointed you didn't come up with a way to make them with the ski setup,,,,,I was almost sure you would come back with a way to make the feet but I was looking forward to see how you or Tom would do it..the safe way like with the bits below...
http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/list.asp?d=26&p=1
http://www.sommerfeldtools.com/list.asp?d=20&p=1

The pictures you posted show how you did it but that's a bit scarey for most router table users.....and use the term "finger"

I would suggest using a push block like the one(s) in the snapshot below, the long on will hold (saw handle type) the item down and push it along with one push block ,plus with the knob up front,this will keep both hands out of the way of the bit...


But the feet sure do help the looks of that great box Harry...

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Bj, if you study the pics. you will see that there is no way in the whole wide world that I could have touched the cutter, not only was there half the thickness of the workpiece but also the thickness of the piece on top of it between cutter and finger.
Harry, I thought the same thing about 2 months ago when I was cutting a small piece of 1/2 material like that and it shot out of the router and propelled my finger with it right into the spiral blade. A push pad would of been so helpful and even it shot out my finger woudln't of been there. I never expected it... had done it a 100 times like that Please be careful. We want you to keep posting projects not sitting on the sideline buddy!

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