Easy-Mount Featherboard for Tablesaws
A featherboard can make for safer and more accurate tablesaw ripping and grooving. But most featherboard designs seem like too much trouble to set up and adjust, and those that clamp to the miter-gauge slot can’t be used with wide stock. This design, sized to fit my saw table and fence rail, sets up quickly and works with narrow and wide stock.
All of the wooden parts were cut from a maple 1×4, and the metal parts are common hardware-store stock. The featherboard and carriage both are mitered 45° on each end. I glued an alignment block on the back end of the carriage to register the featherboard parallel to the sawblade.
Before cutting the fingers on the featherboard, I made a single, light pass partway through the jointer on the underside so the fingers don’t drag on the tablesaw deck. Rather than gluing the featherboard to the carriage, I pinned…