Custom Push Pads Popular Woodworking Tips.
This handle design is an improvement in safety compared to commercial versions.
Let’s face it: many of us too often see security as … well, just plain boring.
We always seem eager to use that bit of free time to go to the store and work on the next urgent project for our spouse, children or grandchildren, and security takes second place.
But you can’t do carpentry from a hospital bed; every minimum safety exercised allows you to maximize your precious free time for woodworking.
Push pads are a common safety aid. There are good push pads and there are better push pads.
Commercial push pads (coupons), which are readily available and at an inexpensive price, are often used when performing the front joint on the jointer. The angled handle helps the operator keep the butt against the fence as the butt is advanced through the cutting knives. The “D” loop handle is very similar to a suitcase handle, with grooves for the fingers that provide a comfortable and firm grip on the push pad.
But some security experts say that no mask should have a handle that encloses your fingers. The reasoning is that in the event of an accident of some kind (kickback, trapped blade, a loose knot, etc.), the hand may become trapped and cause a serious injury. (If you use these commercial push pads, I recommend that you hold them with your cupped hand, rather than putting your fingers around and through the handle – but at best it’s an unnatural grip, and the ergonomics of the thing begs you to use it in a far from safe way.)
With an attentive operator, the chances of such an accident could be remote, but why risk even a small risk of injury if a simple and cheap alternative is available?
The push pad shown here (better) is a shop project that you can make in a few hours from waste; it’s fun and will improve your safety practices. This design is an improvement over popular commercial push button panels. I call it “safe pad”.
It has a stationary flute on both sides of the handle, which offers a comfortable and secure grip without the possibility of trapping the hand in the event of a machining accident.
My dimensions for a 20 ° inclined handle are indicated in the following text, but adjust the dimensions to best suit your particular situation, if necessary.
And of course keep safety in mind while you’re making them. Use the levers and feather pens needed to work with these small parts and keep your fingers away from the rotating blades.
Start by cutting a 3/4“X 23/4“X 57/8“Manage the white from a piece of scrap wood of your choice.
The 3/4“X 3 x 57/8“The base can be made of wood or plywood – the length must match the length of the handle; if you adjust one, adjust the other.
Now follow the steps below to create the buttons shown above, as well as two variations.
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