August 02, 2014

Table Saw Accident Leads to New, Safer Push Stick

Sometimes Misfortune Can Be the Mother of Invention

Safer table saw push stick has handsaw handleBack in the seventies, Kevin Ellie, a woodworker friend of mine, had a table saw accident that severely injured his right hand.  Now, some might have hung up their shop apron and sought other ways to satisfy their passion for hands-on activity; but, not Kevin.

His love of woodworking not only drew him back into the workshop, it also inspired him to create a safer table saw push stick by combining the secure grip of a traditional handsaw with the notched pushing end common to many shop-made and commercial pushing devices.

Kevin Ellie talking with Ron Hazelton When I heard about Kevin’s design, I was eager to try it out – partly because the tool just looked like it would work and partly because I’m never comfortable getting my hands any closer to a spinning blade than it absolutely necessary.

For the rest of the story, take a look at the video.

Make Your Own
Here is a full-size push stick template that you can download and print.

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