Woodworking is a craft where you can get away with letting 1/16th and 1/8th slip here and there and hide mistakes. With filler, epoxy, paint, primer, and the list goes on. As i continue to push myself to build better and hone my craft. I really started to realize the time I lose making these tiny mistakes, and having to go back and fix them. If your fence isn’t set properly on your saw, it becomes compounded and really can be a pain in the ass in the long run. I’ve been trying to be more detail oriented and take my time with projects. Especially when it comes to using exotic or expensive woods. Hence the incorporation of the feather board.
I have probably 4 shitty feather boards. They get zero use. Because they suck….
No joke, and a few of them are from legit companies who do millions in woodworking equipment a year. So I sort of gave up on them all together once they started to waste my time.
I was not in the market or even thinking about implementing a feather board into my workflow but I knew I should be. I was wasting tons of time with minor adjustments and boards slipping on my saw fence, etc. When MagSwitch reached out, I figured I could use it and throw it in the drawer with the others 4 boards. But alas, to my surprise, this feather board is a game changer.
To start, the use of switch magnets and not the mitre slot makes this tool much much faster and easier to use. I have big gnarly hands, and twisting knobs usually doesn’t end well. So the other boards I have never get really tight in my mitre slot. They always slide and shift when using them. Not the case with the Magswitch feather board. It easily adjusts to lock down right on the cast iron saw surface. I love it for dimensioning reclaimed lumber that requires moving the fence for each cut.
Another badass feature is the magnets are interchangeable for multiple platforms in the MagSwitch line. They have tons of jigs for metalworking and woodworking. I also got the re-saw fence, and when I have something to re-saw, i’ll for sure put it to use. I also have used the board as a “clamp” on my metal table. Since I do not have bench dogs it works well to quickly set and clamp a board for sanding or planing down.
Now changing out the feather board and re-saw fence is not the most efficient process, so i would suggest a few base platforms for each application. I’m excited to give some more of the MagSwitch line a try. I love buying a tool that isn’t a 1 trick pony. So this tool to me, has a home in my shop much more valuable than a standard feather board.
Check out this little IG Video I did dimensioning some monster beams for a door CLICK HERE
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