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Thread: Magnetic feather boards

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    Magnetic feather boards

    Finally hit me that I should buy a magnetic feather board instead of fighting with clamping the shop made ones I use. I was a little surprised by the prices of them but I will be purchasing one soon.

    Any of them stand out GOOD OR BAD? Or are they all pretty much the same?
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    I've got the Ridgid and it works pretty well. You can dislodge if you are working with a long workpiece, but I've been really happy with it.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ridgid-AC1001-.../dp/B0026SXJHA

    I've also got the GripTite one and it too works pretty well.

    http://www.amazon.com/Mesa-Vista-Des.../dp/B0000223VF
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    Hi,

    I have a Magswitch featherboard. I don't know the model number. It is black, it has two magnetic switches on it. Looking down from the top it looks like a cartoonists rendering of feathers on an arrow. It works fine. If I remember right it cost about forty bucks.

    Sorry I was not more help.
    Oh yes, I am glad I purchased it.

    Enjoy,
    Jim
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    Jeff,

    Those things are all too rich for my blood. I did, though, order some switched magnets from some place like enco, intending to make featherboards with them. They were like eight bucks, or something. Turned out they worked just fine, without the feathers...

    I wouldn't recommend them as a safety device, but they sure do improve accuracy, both at the table saw and the band saw.

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Check this thread fom a year or so ago. I've made several versions for use on tablesaw table and fence, as well as bandsaw.
    Jim D.
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    I had seen that and forgot about it. I like that a lot better.

    That is why I ask before I buy!
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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