Keeping your boards flush on the tabletop and firmly
against the fence is the second essential element in preventing
kickback. Featherboards help resist drift and can be adapted
for use as a hold-down if your rip fence has adequate height.
Commercially available hold-down rollers provide springloaded,
downward pressure and can be purchased with
unidirectional wheels. In a production environment, you may
want to consider a power feeder. They are bulky, but your
hands stay far clear of the cutting zone.
4. Dangerous blade height. I’ve heard differing opinions
about optimal blade height, but some recommendations
Remedy: From the standpoint
of safety, I think that lower is
better. It is much harder to
lose a finger if the amount
of exposed blade is less
your finger’s diameter.
pressure to feed the
but from the stand-
the amount of
upward lift on
the back side
of the blade.