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  • Feather boards and the BT3 fence

    Just checking - what is the most common way owners of the BT300 attach feather board hold downs to the Fence? I have been thinking about it - in the past I have just used clamps, but they can get in the way.
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    Most people here have and use the miter slot table, which is an optional purchase. I got mine at Sears back in 2000. A few have made their own miter slot table, about 5 inches wide and added it on as needed. A few have two and use the miter slot on both sides.
    Hank Lee

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    • #3
      Feather boards on the fence itself? Not usually where I sould use a feather board, but rather on the table... Not sure how a fence based board would work...
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      • #4
        a featherboard attached to a rip fence is there to exert downward pressure on a workpiece as it is passed through the blade.
        there's a solution to every problem.......you just have to be willing to find it.

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        • #5
          here's some pictures of my feather board and how i mount it on the BT3000.

          Note the piece of wood about to be ripped is hanging there by the force exerted by the featherboard.
          and note the clamp used to keep the SMT positioned (with the FB in front of the blade) and not sliding.

          Angle is 30 degrees.
          If you don't have a miter clamp, add a vertical edge to the top of the featherboard next to the miter fence and use a clamp or T-nut(s) to hold it to the miter fence.
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          Last edited by LCHIEN; 07-05-2012, 03:51 PM.
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          • #6
            Loring - do you ever attach to the rip fence for down pressure - keeping the piece in contact with the table?
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            • #7
              On a tablesaw using a down facing featherboard isn't all that common. I'll use them on my router table at times. You get most of the downward pressure you need on a tablesaw from the way you feed it. The cutting action of the blade is also creating some downward force. A riving knife will help keeping the lifting forces from happening at the back of the blade. I wouldn't want anything tall (like a vertical featherboard) getting in the way of me feeding a piece through on a saw. On narrower rips I like to be on the opposite side of my rip fence to the blade.

              I've seen some hold downs for cutting thin materials on tablesaws, nothing ever really tall though.
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              • #8
                it is 1/4" plywood that I am cutting - I used a plastic feater board with clamps to keep it on the table and stop it from chipping - just found the clamps get in the way.
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                • #9
                  I've seen some auxiliary fence faces used for the thin stuff, sometimes rabbeted. You can attach a board directly to the face of a BT fence because of the slot. I really like the Rockler fence clamps for auxiliary fences, and placing end stops for using the rip fence with the SMT or miter gauge. http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=49791

                  http://www.woodmagazine.com/woodwork...xiliary-fence/
                  Last edited by pelligrini; 07-05-2012, 04:49 PM.
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                  • #10
                    I don't usually use vertical featherboads, I prefer to use a push shoe to keep the fed peice down on the table past the blade.

                    Also I find the fence clamps http://www.bt3central.com/showthread.php?t=49791 to be a very handy way to keep the area clear and also for holding down things in other creative ways. I've got at least three pairs lying around my tools - band saw, drill press, router table, table saw.
                    Loring in Katy, TX USA
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                    • #11
                      I don't have a BT, but typically fence mounted aids are hold downs. Without miter slots, a featherboard support can be just clamped to the table.

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                      • #12
                        Guess I will fashion some type of holder for my feathers and use the fence clamps to hold it to the rip fence- at least they will be behind the fence.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BeauxTi View Post
                          Guess I will fashion some type of holder for my feathers and use the fence clamps to hold it to the rip fence- at least they will be behind the fence.
                          Since you are trying to rip 1/4 inch ply, I understand the need for a rip fence feather board. You could probably clamp on on the rip fence and do just as good as anything else.
                          Hank Lee

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                          • #14
                            Wood Magazine, a few years back (2003), published a "best workshop jig & organizers" supplement that included a tablesaw hold-down plan. This provided a means to secure two featherboards (one front, one rear) on a t-track mounted to the rip fence. Might need some minor mods to make use of BT3's integrated track on the rip fence.

                            If you're using the rip fence as a router fence, too, by flipping the assembly around, the featherboards could server double-duty.

                            Rob
                            Last edited by aiyou; 07-06-2012, 04:09 PM.

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                            • #15
                              I adapted Jim Tolpin's aux fence from Tablesaw Magic and use a T-slot on the fence for featherboards. I've been ripping some rabbeted edging for bookshelves and the featherboards are handy for keeping the rabbet depth consistent.

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