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Featherboard

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Featherboard by TheKretchfoop Apr 5, 2013
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Featherboard by TheKretchfoop is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

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This is a featherboard that you can use for various fixturing purposes. Very useful in woodworking with Table saws, router tables, shapers, etc. The pads are breakway - they are only there to prevent the part from delaminating from the build platform. They break off and leave clean edge.

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Use with .25" bolts or screws on your fixture to provide constant force as you slide your workpiece by it. Very useful in woodworking with Table saws, router tables, shapers, etc.
Print with medium settings in makerware, 15% infill, 5 skins, .2mm layers. The pads are breakway - they are only there to prevent the part from delaminating from the build platform. They break off and leave clean edge.
There is also a version without pads if you would like to use your own print technique.

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Only one file is included in this download and it is not any of the .STL files depicted in the preview. Any idea what is going on here?

Do you think it would be any issue to use PLA instead?

I am not sure. I have not worked with PLA much. I typically stick with ABS. If I were you, I would print one and use it in conjunction with a real featherboard the first few times to make sure it will survive the forces and vibrations. Ease into full use.

Have you used this on a table saw? How does it compare to a wood featherboard?

I have tried it on a light duty Rip-cut on my table saw. I used 2 of them for the cut. It worked fine. Comparable to the plastic molded ones you can buy for about $10 at Harbor Freight. I wouldn't use it for anything heavy duty. Also, after printing in ABS, dip the whole thing in Acetone/ABS slurry and let dry a few times to fuse the layers and prevent delamination.

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