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Push sticks or push blocks should be used when operating standard woodworking machinery, including table saws, band saws, radial arm saws, jointer/planers and shapers. These sticks protect the hand while allowing good hand control of the stock as it is pushed through the cutting head or blade. Push blocks for jointer/planers should be constructed for two-handed positioning.
To keep your hands away from the blade:
Hold-down push blocks should:
The following are samples of push blocks.