Rock-Solid Featherboard

The problem with most featherboards is that theyre nearly impossible to clamp so they stay put. But heres an improved version.

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The problem with most featherboards is that theyre nearly impossible to clamp so they stay put. But heres an improved version that stays right where you clamp it on a table saw or router table. And its simple to build from a couple of scrap boards.

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Heres how: Cut a 45-degree angle on the end of a 4-in.- wide hardwood board and saw the feathers 3 in. long into the angled end. Attach a second board at a right angle midway along the first board with pocket screws, biscuits or dowels. Presto, youre done! Youve created a feather board with two clamping points. Adjust and clamp it right where you want it, and itll maintain uniform pressure on workpiece after workpiece without slipping.

Many thanks to furniture-making pro Bruce Kieffer for this great tip.

Check out this featherboard with hold-down tip.

Here’s a self-clamping featherboard tip.