below, shows the three Push Devices, currently in my workshop.
The Push Stick on the
left in the Photo above, I built shortly after buying my 1st Table Saw, a bench
top type model. The Instruction Booklet, that came with the saw, gave
instructions for building this Push Stick.
I do not use this
Push Stick anymore, out of concerns about the board being ripped, being lifted
up by the saw blade. I would strongly recommend that you not use a Push stick,
use a Push Shoe instead. The only reason I still have this Push Stick, is
because it was the 1st Push device I made. I still have it, merely for
The Push Shoe in
the center in the above Photo, was made out of 3/4" thick plywood. This Shoe
was dimensioned, as shown in the Sketch below. I generally use this Shoe, when
the distance between the fence and blade is approximately 4" or less. Its not
the most stable Shoe (due to its narrow width & height), in the world, but I
have had no problem using it. The three rounded corners, are rounded to
approximately 1.50" radii.
Shoe on the right in the Photo above, was fabricated out of 2 x 6 pine and
dimensioned as shown in the Sketch below. I generally use this shoe, when the
distance between the fence and blade is over 4". The handle design shown has
worked out well. The sole of the shoe has 120 grit sandpaper glued to it, this
makes for a firm grip between the shoe and board being ripped. This sole is
very stable (thanks to the 2.25" wide shoe sole) and is my favorite one, of the
The width of the handle is 1-3/8", and the radii for the
rounded corners on the handle are 7/16".
A 7/16" thick piece of plywood
is attached to the heel of the shoe, with a 2" length drywall screw. This
plywood piece, is the 7/16" x 1-7/8" dimensioned wood member shown on the
Sketch. The plywood extends 9/16" below the sole of the shoe, and therefore
will easily push any board being ripped, that is greater than 9/16" in
do yourself a favor, and do not use a Push Stick, use a Push Shoe instead.