Episode 21 – Push Blocks

Gripper_21In this episode of 360 with 360WoodWorking, the three guys chat about push blocks. The topic is: Jointer push blocks. Do you use them? Do you make them? Do you buy them? While the guys disagree about making the blocks or buying push blocks, they all agree that the ones included with many machines are a waste of plastic – and that’s hard to do! The conversation also drifts into woodworker responsibility. Plus, find out which 360 woodworker used to have a “battleship” jointer. Get the facts in a short 6 minutes.


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3 thoughts on “Episode 21 – Push Blocks

  1. The problem that you guys bring up is the use of the jointer and shop safety. Five years ago, when I first got my jointer, I went looking for info on the proper way to use one. The only thing I could find was a DVD from PW that ultimately only showed you (poorly) how to change the knives. More help needs to be made available to us amateurs. Like how to push the boards through the knives/cutters and why not to joint walnut boards with knots. And where and how you position your hands and your body. Why don’t the three of you make a video/DVD for the proper way to use a jointer and a planer? What are the physics involved? 110v vs. 220v? Knives vs. cutters? Table tops vs. floor models? I’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) but if we are going to encourage more young and untrained people to get involved with woodworking, this is one area that is sorely lacking for expertise. And I agree. Micro Jigs push blocks and GRRippers are wonderful. But get two of each. Or at least one for each hand that you want to protect. (My right pinkie is worth $200 to me. Of course, I am left-handed.)

    1. Mitch,

      Be careful what you wish for. We’re working on recording lots of stuff exactly like that for both sides of our website. A little patience, young padawan, and all will be revealed.

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