If you’re not sold on the traditional featherboard as kickback protection and you want something that’ll glide a little easier along your workpiece, you might want to give Board Buddies a try. Instead of numerous little “fingers” rubbing against your workpiece as you run it through your table saw, the ‘Buddies sport two wheels (that roll in only one direction) to provide constant pressure via a set of springs. The result: a nice smooth cut with no potential for chattering, and since the wheels won’t turn backwards you have the kickback protection you need.
A pair of board buddies will set you back a cool $50 on Magnate’s website. But you can find ’em for more like $40 with some careful Googling. And if you like what you find, Magnate also makes similar attachments specifically for your radial arm saw and shaper.