How to Make Table Saw Push Sticks


Whenever you rip a narrow board on a table saw, you should push it with a push stick. The stick pushes the wood through the space between the fence and the blade. The stick shown in the picture is the type that often comes as an accessory with a table saw. It works but it is not the best way to push the work and hold it down at the same time. You'll learn how to make a better push stick.

Things You'll Need

  • Scraps of plywood
  • Saber saw or band saw
  • Find or cut a piece of plywood that is wider than the height of the rip fence on your tablesaw. The piece should be at least eight or ten inches long.

  • Cut out a long notch on the bottom edge with your bandsaw or saber saw. You'll want to leave a projection that will hook the trailing edge of the board as you push it.

  • Round the corners, especially the back corner, and break all the edges to make it more comfortable to hold.

  • Use the stick to push and hold down your work as you cut it.

  • Find a piece of scrap plywood about three inches wider than the height of your rip fence, and about a foot long.

  • Cut it out to this shape with your jig saw or band saw.

  • Leave a small projection on the bottom at the trailing edge, on the right in these pictures.

  • Break all of the edges with sandpaper.

  • Use the stick as shown here. It holds the stock down as it pushes. It is comfortable to hold and it keeps your fingers well away from the blade.

Tips & Warnings

  • The guard was removed from this saw for clarity. Always use the guard that came with your saw when you are ripping stock.

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  • Photo Credit Photos by Gene Tencza
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