Great CHEAP but effective Push Pads

Michael Mathews

Michael
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I just saw this article in Fine Woodworking magazine about a tip on a better push pad. I've not personally tried it yet, but I'm sure to get some as according to the article you can get them for about $6 each from the hardware/DIY store. It's a Marshalltown brand Foam Grout Float Pad with Red foam. It measures 4" x 9" by 9/16" thick soft foam. Here's a link to the article ->. Push pads that actually work. Are you ready? - FineWoodworking
 

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Dennis
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You can also get the redwood version and put a cleat on the back of it. Been using one for years. For traction, try gluing a piece of rubber rug padding or a cut off an interlocking foam floor mat to the face.
 

Joe Scharle

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Years ago, Home Depot had a barrel of those @ $1.00 each. Didn't ask why just bought 10 of them. Gave some away and blades cut right through the thin aluminum BTW.
 
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ScottM

Scott
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Years ago, Home Depot had a barrel of those @ $1.00 each. Didn't ask why just bought 10 of them. Gave some away and blades cut right through the thin aluminum BTW.
But with the cost of the SawStop cartridge and new blades I will pass.
 

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Casey
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You can buy those floats with a wooden top also I have one around here somewhere.
 

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Scott
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Been using drywall sanding pads for years on the jointer.

Just got that expensive super-duper MJ push block thing. First use ripping 3/4 strips Pretty nice.
 

Oka

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Casey
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Also, you can use the HVAC neoprene comes in sheets of varying sizes. Glue it to a handle scuff the other side a bit (or not) and you are good to go. Made a bunch on a job where we had to dado the underside of plastic platforms (500+ platforms). Scary watching Sheetmetal guys use a table saw with a dado on it........ :oops:
 

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