My trusty table saw helped quite a bit with my LR3 build, pre-cutting struts, fast and accurate pieces of Ryan’s torsion box table, and even being a handy table to stack all the pieces.
It was feeling neglected, so to honor it, I made it a fancy push stick, out of some pretty nice oak plywood scrap.
Found the olde tyme saw handle SVG file in some dark corner of the internet, and designed a replaceable “blade”. The smaller handle was the first wood cut on my new lr3, worked fantastic, but was a little too small for my hand. 30 seconds later it was resized to my exact hand dimensions, gotta love CAD! Finished the job on a little router table.
This thing will be a joy to use, feels perfect in my hand! Maybe I’ll make a saw…
(Happy to share it, just need to clean up the DXF a bit. EstlCam manual vector tracing sure is handy!)
I just love the cool hint to classical handsaw
I never felt very confident or secure with push-sticks though, ever since I printed a “Grrr-ripper” clone, I only use this at te table saw and router table, it’s so much more secure
That’s really nice, and I’d be happy to make one if you share.
Probably not, didn’t know he made one, I’ll check…
I printed this a few years ago already: Push Block by Trobinou - Thingiverse
I love my grrrripper etc, but sometimes I find this style is handy. Plus one can never have too many push sticks!
I might make a little caddy that holds it on the fence for convenience.
I’ll definitely get the cleaned up DXF up on printables soon.
I should probably make a nicer one. I always just grab a scrap of 1/4" plywood and rip one out on the bandsaw when the current one gets destroyed.
I need to go find the 3d print for the gripper clone. I keep looking at buying one of those.
Found one that combines a lot of mods and uses M5 screws. I think I am going to print this one:
Would love to get a copy of this, once your happy with the clean up.
Here you go! I put the “pockets” and “part outlines” (and “hole” which I helical drilled) on separate layers in the DXF.
Have fun! Would love to see your versions. Perhaps a fancy wood for the handle…
It looks awesome. Thanks for sharing the files.
its the paw print for me!
Also will it cut a dove tail
I have an OEM Gripper and it always feel a little sketchy. It is designed to run your hand over the top of the blade. I barely use it
I’ve had a couple pretty much since they were invented. They revolutionised TS safety IMHO, particularly when cutting small pieces.
I wouldn’t use them for cutting sheet materials, but the way they control material on both sides of the blade makes any sort of kickback impossible.
I don’t particularly enjoy having my hand over the blade, but I can’t think of why it’s unsafe, providing you have the blade set less than the height of the grrrippers of course. On the other hand I have had two “scares” using push sticks, both my fault - one where after the cut I accidentally dropped the end of the stick into the still spinning blade. Let’s just say I was lucky that time.
Table saws require 110% concentration!