Review by Greg Ossi
The Rockler Magnetic Push
Stick is a helpful woodworking aid. It is probably fair to
say that most woodworkers who use push sticks tend to make their
own push sticks out of scrap: it is cheap and effective. However,
I can recommend the Rockler Magnetic Push Stick for several
reasons, not the least of which is that it is magnetic! Imagine,
no more diving through piles of wood and mess, looking for that
push stick. No more making that scary cut with your hands close
to the spinning blade because it would just take too long to
find your push stick. Instead, it is clinging to the base of
your saw or jointer: ready for action to save your digits from
Here is what I like about the
Rockler Magnetic Push Stick:
- The magnet in the handle allows
it to rest in plain view and within easy reach on those power
tools where it would be helpful.
- The handle is ergonomically
designed to fit in your hand so it is very comfortable to use
and you can get a good grip on it to control the workpiece.
- It's a good length and strength
to use for ripping thin pieces.
- It is made from aluminum which
the company claims will not damage your blade.
- It feels firmer and maintains
a better grip on the workpiece than those manufactured orange
plastic push sticks.
Here is what I do not like
about this push stick:
- The width of the stick is
only 1/8 inch, not much support for pushing heavier stock.
- I generally prefer to use
a push "shoe" rather than stick as I feel that gives
you more control over the workpiece.
If you're going to buy a push stick, then this is the one to
buy. At $ 9.99 from Rockler it is not going to break the bank.
It has several advantages in comparison to other similarly designed
push sticks on the market. It is very sturdy and could be very
useful when ripping thin stock. Although the magnetic handle
may sound gimmicky, it really is a useful addition because it
keeps the push stick visible, which may save a finger or two
one day. That alone has got to be worth the money.
Editor's Note: You can find more on the Rockler
Push Stick here.