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It’s not fun to be on the receiving end of the kickback that can happen when you’re ripping a board on the table saw. The material often gets caught by the back of the blade causing splintering, inaccurate cuts and — worst of all; — kickback. 

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The Grip-Tite feather board is a block solid tool that delivers holding power to your cast iron saw top while simultaneously pressing your material down and in against the fence. 

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It works by using embedded magnets to direct all the holding force against the steel surface.  Each unit has two polycarbonate side fins and one hold-down fin. They’re very simple to set up: with your material in place against the fence, position the Grip-Tite so the side fin contacts the side of the board.  You should feel resistance when pushing stock all the way through the cut.

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The Woodpeckers site also has a few accessories that can be added to the mix for more gripping options such as using rollers instead of fins and adding a steel plate accessory kit that will get you going if your saw doesn’t have a steel fence.

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Street pricing for basic set starts around $39.

Grip-Tite Feather Boards [Woodpeckers]
Sreet Pricing [Froogle]

 

6 Responses to Finds: Grip-Tite Feather Boards

  1. Rob says:

    These are great. I’ve had mine for 15 years and if anything ever happens to to them, I’m definitely getting more.

  2. Quentin says:

    I’ve seen these in the Lee Valley catalog as well. I’ve been thinking about getting a couple for a while now; I think you’ve just made up my mind (what’s $39 compared to a kick-back in the gut?)

  3. james b says:

    These wouldn’t work on my aluminum fence. I made a block that is the same width as my fence and has bolts on the bottom that slide in the T-slots on top of my fence. Then I bolted a slotted featherboard onto the side of the block.. Works great and made out of scrap. I considered using epoxy to hold a couple of disk drive magnets in the bottom of a shop made featherboard, but never really had that much need for one on the side.

  4. Steve Thompson says:

    I want. I’ve been relying on kerfed scrapwood for years and if these last, it would be nice not to have to cut a new one evertime I need one.

  5. Ivan says:

    Talking about kick-backs… from an in-law I got an older electronic radial saw from Craftsman. Well not used to the top cutting radial saw, I received the first kickback just above my jewels.
    It’s been a couple weeks now but the impact still shows. I think my wife will happily invest in some featherboard grips!

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