Table Saw Safety | DIY Push Stick (Easy)

Table Saw Safety | DIY Push Stick (Easy)

Rob Cosman shows you how to make his table saw push stick from your scrap wood pile
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  1. Kevin R on October 17, 2023 at 9:58 pm

    I don’t know how many times the piece of wood I was ripping tried to climb up close to the blade shortly into the cut. This style pushblock really helps stabilize your workpiece and makes it so much safer. Thank you for sharing this!

  2. Van Shank Guitars on October 17, 2023 at 10:01 pm

    How do you feel, Rob as to the usefulness of a strip of sandpaper glued to the bottom of the flat section? Overkill?

  3. Alan McKeown on October 17, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    Very nice. Will have to make one.

  4. Robert Fontaine on October 17, 2023 at 10:02 pm

    I have to ask. Your push stick puts your hand exactly in the position you don’t want it to be if you do have kick back. Pulling it across and into the blade. Why isn’t it longer so that you don’t have to lean over the cut or put your hand where the blade can cut it off?

  5. Andrew Brown on October 17, 2023 at 10:04 pm

    Nice, simple design. I love it~! I’ll try this with ply as well. I had one that I’d made (20+) years ago out of solid wood and it splintered one day when it hit the table saw blade during a cut. That was my intro of flesh to spinning steel. Love my SawStop now, but don’t want to take the chance of setting off the brake, or much less reenacting that scene. Thanks for sharing this, Rob~!

  6. Tom Trees on October 17, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    450mm is the minimum requirement for a push stick in Europe, if using a TS.

  7. James Smith on October 17, 2023 at 10:08 pm

    Darn it Rob ya make me wanna grow my hair out…. Tks,tks a lot lol

  8. Eric Baker on October 17, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    Thank you !

  9. Woody's Ranch on October 17, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    I love the Jessem stock guide. I attach it to my fence with two Mag Switches so it can be removed easily (lots of videos on how to do this). It does everything – canted wheels keeps the board tight to the fence, one way wheels stops kick back, spring wheels stops the board from lifting, and it is a Canadian company – probably not far from where you live. Does everything a feather board and push stick do plus more. No more splinters in my hands. For the really narrow boards you can use almost any skinny stick to push through the blade, it just doesnt matter when the stock guide does all the work.

    Not saying you dont need a push stick, you do for some cuts and I like your design, but the Stock Guides are in place for the majority of my cuts and make me feel safer

  10. Richard Gemelaris on October 17, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    Hi Rob. I learned how to make this push stick watching your online workshop. I had seen you use this design hundreds of times which encouraged me to make one and use it. Thanks for being such a great teacher and example for your students (of which I happily consider myself one). Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Rich.

  11. Norm on October 17, 2023 at 10:12 pm

    Wonderful design. Thank you for sharing this, stay warm, safe, happy and healthy. From Henrico County Virginia

  12. debandmike on October 17, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    Nice design although I would prefer a wider opening at the top like a handle. Also if you have to show someone how to make it then maybe they shouldn’t be using a tablesaw.

  13. Van Shank Guitars on October 17, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Saw Stop saws are great at saving your fingers, but I’m sure the replacement parts are rather expensive still from the time the mechanism was introduced. The push stick is countless times less expensive.

  14. TTBS on October 17, 2023 at 10:17 pm

    I’ve been experimenting and I prefer a big heavy block of wood with a tooth on the back end. Gives plenty of downward force and keeps my hands far above the blade. I’m a beginner so if anyone sees a problem with this, let me know.

  15. Bruce B on October 17, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    Thanks for video, going to make one. Question: what tape measure are you using, looks very readable.

  16. Wil Beebe on October 17, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    I thought plywood wasn’t supposed to go through a jointer. The glue would damage the blades. Not criticism, wanting to learn. Maybe only being 10" it’s not significant.
    Love the simplicity, time & cost.

  17. Miles McGrew Woodworking on October 17, 2023 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve been searching for the perfect shop made pushstick for years. I’ve got about 10 different shapes and styles in my shop, and I have never fallen in love with any of them. I can’t wait to try this one and see whether it finally is the last design I need to try.

  18. Bill Boy on October 17, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    I’ve used this exact style for over 20 years at the college I teach furniture making/woodworking. I tend to make them out of baltic birch plywood. (some 1/2" and 3/4") I save up 10-15 pieces of scrap about the size you use and stock up. I also will often take and cut the bottom 1/2" off and re-do the sole if the groves are not too deep. the students love them and always use them.Safety is the first thing we teach

  19. Ann Cranwell on October 17, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Wow. I have been using this design for years. I don’t remember where I got the design but it is the best push stick bar none.

  20. Tony Baker on October 17, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Why doesn’t your table saw have a guard over the blade?

  21. Rico Gallegos on October 17, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    You do have to spend some time setting the saw up… blade, fence, etc. But once done, the saw is great. Fairly compact which is Nice I did get an Incra Miter Gauge which takes some setup as well. The stock miter gauge can be adjusted in the miter slot with a little painter’s tape… this tightens up the side to side play a lot.

  22. Rich S on October 17, 2023 at 10:31 pm

    Nice. I prefer moving the handle forward a few inches from this design, but to each his own.

  23. John Hutton on October 17, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    400mm-16" in the uk i dont like that type of push stick

  24. Willy Bemis on October 17, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you!

  25. Dean on October 17, 2023 at 10:32 pm

    Dude you really need to get a hair cut!!!!!

  26. Charles Mcarthur on October 17, 2023 at 10:35 pm

    Rob you made another good video to learn from. i would like to see your video about why a splitter is important. i know those videos exist, but they are not yours.

  27. Darin on October 17, 2023 at 10:37 pm


  28. Joe Janzen on October 17, 2023 at 10:37 pm

    This design is worlds above the generic 16” stick with a bird’s mouth. I do however prefer the design Marc Adam uses in his shop. It’s highlighted in a Fine woodworking video series on table saw techniques. Thanks for all you do rob and company. I don’t always agree with Rob but I always learn something.👍🏼 keep it up!

  29. Hightower One on October 17, 2023 at 10:38 pm

    Damn!……get on with it

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  31. Chico Palombi on October 17, 2023 at 10:39 pm

    You do a better job freehand than I do with a French Curve. Great video.

  32. The Drippin' Don on October 17, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Push sticks are for sissies 😒
    Real men opt to turn doorknobs with left hand due to less-secured grip from his right hand’s thumb and index finger knuckles being missing

  33. Nikolaus Reinke on October 17, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Two thoughts from watching: isn‘t your hand pretty close to the blade (in case of tilting the push stick to the left)?
    Secondly I learned that putting the stick near to the blade (instead of the fence) provides more pressure towards the fence, which is preferable?
    I love your work, but this time I am not 100% convinced.
    What are your experiences with my concerns?

  34. Dwight Lee on October 17, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks, Rob

  35. rev on October 17, 2023 at 10:43 pm

    Suggesting that a Sawstop will keep you from cutting yourself is probably an exaggeration. Rex Krueger has a video about a pretty significant injury to his thumb from a Sawstop. The working theory was that his fingernail made contact first, which didn’t conduct enough current to trigger the safety mechanism until it had started cutting him.

    I do like this pushstick design and will be making a few.

  36. Joseph Fry on October 17, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    I use something similar… I make a comfortable palm shaped handle (kinda like the curve in the back of yours) out of a 2×4. The handle is reusable, so make it comfortable.

    Screw this to the edge of a 2×4 block of whatever length you like (don’t let the screws penetrate more than an 1.5" into the block. Then screw a 1.5" wide piece of scrap to the back of the block hanging down by 1/8" or so to catch the back edge of your material.

    I like the wider push block because it stands up when I set it down, making it easier to grab as I reach the end of a long rip. And cuts narrower than 1.5" it will push both sides of the cut past the blade. Of course this means that the block gets chewed up faster… But I just remove the handle and screw it to another 2×4 block and add a new price of scrap to the back (or flip the old one)

    Probably the cheapest push block to make. And you can really spend some time making a comfortable handle since it will last forever.

    This is similar in principle, but my handle is screwed to the top.

  37. gcallgator on October 17, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Timely video, had been planning to make a push stick, inspired action, works great

  38. AJ Thomas on October 17, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Would it work just as easily to just joint the whole bottom and then glue on the little heal cleat part? Seems like it would and might might even be faster if you don’t count the time for the glue to dry.

  39. B-rad on October 17, 2023 at 10:49 pm

    Might feel even better if instead of a hole make it oblong so ill fingers fit

  40. Michael McDermott on October 17, 2023 at 10:55 pm

    Love it! Marked out on a plywood offcut while I watched. Will be in use tomorrow. Thanks!

  41. Bob Vogel on October 17, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    My thoughts on this… Well, I liked it enough that I just paused the video and went and made one.