When I teach, students want to make a tracing of the push stick that I use. In addition a reader noted my use of it in one of my DVDs and asked for the design. I had seen a pushstick of similar design, made one and found it useful as the placement of the handle allowed me to apply downward force to the front end of the stock. It also keeps the hands well clear of the cut.
Here is the design, so you can make one yourself.
I prefer to make these from good quality plywood, and rout the edges smooth with a 1/4 in. roundover bit.
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I have been a self-employed woodworker in Eureka Springs, Arkansas since 1976. I live with my wife Jean on a wooded hillside overlooking our beautiful historic community.
In addition to work in my wood shop, I teach children at the Clear Spring School in a program called "The Wisdom of the Hands." My 10th and 11th books, Tiny Boxes by Taunton Press and Making Classic Toys that Teach were published in November 2016. I also write for Fine Woodworking and other woodworking magazines.
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