Use a Long Push Stick When Ripping Narrow Boards
Ed Pirnik, Stamford, CT
With the right push stick, it’s a safe cut. Make the push stick from a piece of 3/4-in.-thick MDF that is at least 3 in. wide and a little longer than the board being ripped. The length of the push stick makes it easy to hold the entire strip down as it passes the blade. Its width buries the blade in the push stick and keeps your hands far from the blade.
A tab on the back pushes the stock.To make it, cut a notch on one edge that is just shallower than your stock is hick and not quite as long as the push stick. After you rip the first narrow strip, a thin tab is left on the inside of the push stick. Here’s the reason for…