Fence-Straddling Push Stick
Cut a hole for a dowel handle in the top of the push stick to keep your hand safely away from the blade. Learn how to build a fence straddling push stick.
Here’s a way to saw strips as thin as 1/4 in. on your table saw with near-zero risk of kickback or hand injury. Cut a 3/4-in. board to the width of the fence, then screw notched side pieces of 1/4-in. plywood to each side as shown. Cut the notches to match the thickness of the board you’re sawing into strips—we made our push stick with a 1⁄2-in. notch on one side and a 3⁄4-in. notch on the other so we can cut two different board thicknesses with a flip of the wrist. The upper edge of the notch holds the workpiece down while the heel-shaped end pushes it through the blade. Cut a hole for a dowel handle in the top of the push stick to keep your hand safely away from the blade.
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