Ergonomic PushstickComments (0)
This article is from Issue 51 of Woodcraft Magazine.
As a custom furnituremaker over the last two decades, I have
been fine-tuning my pushstick design, having found fault with many commercial
versions. Made from maple or beech, my shoe-style pushstick features a gently
curving rounded-over handle that fits comfortably in my palm. It also
eliminates the kind of wrist strain that can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome
when performing repetitive tasks at the tablesaw or jointer. Bandsawn kerfs in
the heel serve to catch the edges of cutoffs, allowing me to safely push them
out of the way.
Better still, the 141⁄2" length keeps my hand well out of harm’s way without compromising control. To cover a variety of needs, I make my pushsticks in batches from 1⁄4"-, 1⁄2"-, 3⁄4"- and 1"-thick material.
—Tom Svec, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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