My Push Blocks

The push blocks that I use in the shop are not fancy, but they afford me excellent control and are cheap to make. I make half a dozen at a time and leave them around the shop at different machines. Besides being used as safety accessories, they also get abused as mallets, cauls, anvils, blocks, and more.

I start with a section of construction grade 2×4 about 8″ long. Using the bandsaw, I make a rip cut 1/2″ to 1″ from one edge (depending on the thickness of stock it will be used for), stopping about 1-1/2″ before I’m through. Then I make a second cut to complete the notch. I cut a curve on the backside of the block to make it more comfortable to use and give it a quick sanding to remove any splinters. That’s it.

The block works equally well to apply downward, or downward and forward pressure. When making narrow rips at the table saw, I keep the push block on top of the workpiece and tight against the fence, and pass it right through the blade.

When one gets cut up too much, I just toss it in the scrap wood box.

2 thoughts on “My Push Blocks

  1. I have used the same style push blocks for years and still have all my fingers. Instead of wasting out for the notch: I glue a piece of 3/4 across the grain on the back end. When it gets chewed up, I rip off the whole bottom edge, glue on a new block and I’m back in business. I can repeat the process a few times. Maybe I’m just cheap!

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