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Tips for Mastering Featherboards Lebanon TN

This wraparound featherboard produces chatter-free moldings, because it provides continuous pressure ahead of and behind the cutter. Cut a 2-in. arc in the end of the blank before you cut the feathers.

The Home Depot
(615)444-5472
955 S Hartman Drive
Lebanon, TN
Hours
Mon-Sat: 6:00am-10:00pm
Sun: 8:00am-8:00pm

The Home Depot
(615)824-2391
205 N Anderson Lane
Hendersonville, TN
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Fastenal- Lebanon
615-443-7612
604 E Main St Lebanon, TN, 37087
Lebanon, TN
 
Lowe's
(615) 547-7236
634 South Cumberland Street
Lebanon, TN
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M-SA 6 am - 10 pm
SU 8 am - 8 pm

Huskey Lumber Company Inc.
(615) 773-2333
130 Clemmonds Road
Mt Juliet, TN
 
The Home Depot
(615)889-7211
5010 Old Hickory Blvd
Hermitage, TN
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The Home Depot
(615)220-5044
551 President Place
Smyrna, TN
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LOWE'S OF LEBANON, TN
615 547-7236
634 SOUTH CUMBERLAND STREET LEBANON, TN, 37087
Lebanon, TN
 
ACE Hardware of Mt. Juliet
(615) 773-9223
4110 N Mt Juliet Rd, In the old skate center
Mount Juliet, TN
 
Lowe's of Mt. Juliet
615-773-6370
300 Pleasant Grove Rd Suite 200 Mt. Juliet, TN, 37122
Mt. Juliet, TN
 

Tips for Mastering Featherboards

Tips for Mastering Featherboards

The featherboard  gets its name from the rows of flexible “fingers” that act like a bird's feather and give way in one direction only. They help ensure safety and accuracy, because they keep consistent pressure on stock where it's needed most, close to the cut. They're indispensable for eliminating bumps on a molded edge or uneven bottoms in rabbets and dadoes. Shop-made featherboards are often superior to commercial ones, because they can be custom fit to your machines and they cost next to nothing. All the featherboards in this article were made from the type of scrap lumber and plywood that can be found in any shop.

Featherboards Made Easy
The safest way to make featherboards is on the bandsaw using a simple sled with a miter slot runner. Cut a 30-degree angle on one end of the featherboard blank first. Mark a parallel line about 2-1/2 in. from the angled end. Set the blank on the sled and make the first cut from the end to the line. Then, slide the featherboard over to the next mark to make the second cut and continue across the board's width. A feather length of about 2-1/2 in. with cuts made every 1/8 in. provides the right balance between flexibility (for firm pressure without being too stiff) and strength (so the feathers won't snap off) for most hardwoods or multi-ply birch. Increase the feather spacing to 3/16-in. when you are using softer woods, such as pine or basswood, or regular hardwood plywood. You can always fine-tune the length and spacing to suit your own needs.



Perfect Pressure Every Time
Positioning a featherboard can be a pain. Too close to the fence or table and the squeeze is so tight you can barely feed the stock. Too loose and you've lost effectiveness. Try taking about 1/8 in. off the first feather. Set that end against the stock you plan to machine and clamp the featherboard parallel to the table's fence. The pressure should automatically be just right.



Tall Support for Tall Stock
A tall featherboard can apply pressure against the entire height of the fence. It's especially useful for holding tall, narrow stock—for instance, a door panel—against a fence. Just glue some scraps to create a block that is as tall as your fence is. Then, cut the feathers on your bandsaw sled.



Bit-Bridging Featherboard
This wraparound featherboard produces chatter-free moldings, because it provides continuous pressure ahead of and behind the cutter. Cut a 2-in. arc in the end of the blank before you cut the feathers.
 


Guaranteed Square EdgesJointing an absolutely square edge on a wide board can be tricky for someone new to the jointer. The least little tip away from the fence and you'll have to start over. This paddle-style featherboard can bridge your jointer's guard while keeping your stock pushed firmly against the fence. The paddle featherboard is easy to make  and is jus...

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