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I have only one feather board and it's not much pumpkin. What do you guys do, buy them or make them. If you make them and have a picture please post it. Thanks
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You can buy a good featherboard for under $20 that is ready to put to work. Personally I prefer to buy rather than build.
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Don, I have both purchased ones and home made versions.

The advantages I see from the home built variety are that they essentially cost next to nothing and take but a few minutes to make. If you need a particularly narrow or wide one for some purpose or other, it's easy to do. Plus you can make them stiffer, or more springy as you choose, by making the fingers longer, wider or thinner as you may need.

I have read on a number of occasions that folks make theirs using a bandsaw. I never do that, always make mine on the table saw. The cuts are more consistent that way.

Try a couple of your own first, then if you aren't satisfied, buy a couple.
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I use these.
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I use both...got some high dollar, low dollar and homemade...

As Keith pointed out, making your own allows you to customize to your needs, couple of minutes of your time and zero cost (scrap).

This is a good 3-video set with demonstration and pros/cons in how to build it...
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Like Nick, I've got all manner of them. However, my go-to featherboard is from magswitch. On the table saw it makes set up really fast. It is pricey but not having to fiddle with it, priceless.
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I have store bought ones (Kreg) and home made ones. These two I made for my table saw - long and wide so I can clamp them down.
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You can buy a good featherboard for under $20 that is ready to put to work. Personally I prefer to buy rather than build.
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Frankly neither.
If ever, the job indicates the use of a hold in or hold down (for a moving workpiece) it signals to me: Danger & Risk. So I rethink the procedure and work out a safer plan. The use of either, alters the behavior of the process such that I'm disconnected. It's like working in a glove box.
Now if the work is in a holder, fixtured, then I use crowders, hold downs, hold-ins, toggles, magnets and vacuum (or whatever). Maybe not all at once but at least 3 of the immobilizers.
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I buy them I find that they are better made and last a lifetime. I don't agree with Pat about danger and risk. It's all about controlling the wood. Without a feather board holding a piece to the router bit and holding it down to the table, it is nearly impossible to get a nice straight profile on a long thin piece of wood.
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