Introduction: The Ultimate Feather Board

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I was looking for my feather board when I realised that it was put in the scrap-bin and taken it down to the recycling centre.

I have made a new one and this time I've painted it bright red so hopefully it wan't get dumped.

Step 1: Marking Out and Cutting

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I used 18mm marine plywood to make the board.

I cut it at 30 degrees and marked at 70 mm for the feather cuts

Step 2: Cutting the Feathers ( Not Sure If That the Correct Terminology )

Picture of Cutting the Feathers ( Not Sure If That the Correct Terminology )

I made a T square out of a piece of scrap wood as a fence to speed things up and I gapped it by eye ( this operation didn't need to be super accurate )

I drilled 2 holes per side of the board to give me a lead in for routing the adjustable slots .

Step 3: Making the Screw Down Knobs

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I made the screw down knobs and I have put a link to my youtube video, the only difference is that the knobs on these that they have the T nuts inserted in the top instead of bolts.

Step 4: Modifying the Coach Bolt

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My saw has a two slots in the sides of the mitre channel I modified two 8mm coach bolts to slide along the groove by grinding the dome of and removing 1 mm from the head diameter

Step 5: Screwing the Feather Board on the Saw and Adjusting for Cut

Picture of Screwing the Feather Board on the Saw and Adjusting for Cut

I slid the coach bolts into the grooves and screwed the board down and adjusted to make the cut.

I am happy to try and answer any question you may have.

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Check out the full video for a more comprehensive view of the build .


dontno (author)2016-02-29

Hey Marcello B.

Please for the sake of your safety do not wear long sleeve garments, rings, gloves, or watches, while operating power tools. These are basic shop safety rules. I urge you to follow these rules.Safety is job #1. Great Ible by he way!

marcello bianchi (author)dontno2016-03-01

Hi Dontno, Thanks for the feedback,
yes your quite right keeping shop safety in mind. i have seen some horror videos. But I never wear loose fitting garments all my workwear has tight fitting cuff that i wear this time of year, the glove are safety gloves which are basic industry requirement PPE along with safety specs and dust masks.

Wolfiestormes (author)2016-02-22

Painting it red is a a brilliant idea, I can never find mine.

I found that using hardwood makes for a stronger feather board than ply, all the grain is in the right direction.

Mine are made out of beech - I have a lot of recycled beech which came at the right price - free!

Thanks for your comments, I make mine from whatever is available but the beech sound good, will have to give it a go.

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Bio: Retired Boat builder,CNC programmer,Process Engineer
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