Homemade Push Stick
Issue: Issue 311
Posted Date: 10/9/2012
I designed this pushstick after suffering a serious hand injury while using a molding head on the radial-arm saw. I was using a length of small diameter dowel as a pushstick when the molding head suddenly kicked the workpiece back at me and drove the pushstick through my hand.
I feel more comfortable with my new design. It uses a flanged bicycle handlebar grip, which fights tightly over a 16 inch length for 7/8 inch dowel-stock. The dowel end is notched to grip the stock. Should kickback occur, the large flange would help carry the hand back with the pushstick. I cut a flat on the flange to keep it from rolling when placed on a flat surface.
-Harold Nachlin; San Diego, CA