Simple Yet Very Effective Finger Savers / Protège- doigts simples mais très efficaces

Alors que je parcourais les allées de la quincaillerie, j’ai eu cette brillante idée quand j’ai vu les ensembles de 4 embouts de caoutchouc pour pattes chaises à $2.95 : Les utiliser à l’extrémité de goujons (tourillons) pour protéger mes doigts. J’ai choisi un paquet de 4 de 3/4’’ (18mm) de diamètre et me suis arrêté dans la section des goujons et j’en ai aussi pris un goujon de même diamètre.

Je dois avouer que je fus inspiré en voyant quelqu’un utiliser l’efface d’un crayon à mine pour garder ses doigts loin du danger, mais je n’ai jamais essayé car à mon avis une efface est trop fragile. De plus, la plupart de mes crayons ont perdu leur efface – brisée ou usée. Et honnêtement, la plupart de mes crayons sont assez courts !

While browsing at my local hardware store, I had this clever idea when I saw the 4-packs of chair leg rubber tips for $2.95 : Using them at the end of dowels as finger savers. I chose a 3/4″ (18mm) size 4-pack and stopped by the dowel department and I also picked up an appropriate diameter hardwood dowel.

I must admit that I was inspired by having seen someone using the eraser end of a pencil to keep his fingers away from the action, but I never tried because I thought the eraser would be too ‘fragile’. Moreover, most of my pencils have lost their eraser – worn out or chopped. And honestly, most of my pencils are quite shorts!

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De retour à la maison j’ai coupé le goujon en quatre parties égales, arrondi l’extrémité de la partie ‘poignée’ à la ponceuse à disque et glissé les embouts à l’autre extrémité. 

Back home I cut the dowel in four equal lengths, rounded over the ‘handle’ end at the disk sander and slipped the rubber leg tips at the business end.

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J’en ai un au banc de scie, un à la scie radiale, un à la scie à ruban et un à ma station de scies à onglets pour garder mes doigts loin des lames coupantes.

I keep one at the table saw, one at the radial arm saw, one at the band saw and one at the miter saw station to keep my fingers away from the sharp spinning blades.

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Dernière chose : Soyez certain d’acheter le modèle en caoutchouc, et non celui plus économique en plastique ou vinyle, lequel serait trop glissant.

One last thing: Be sure to buy the rubber leg tips, not the vinyl/plastic cheaper type, which would be slippery.


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10 Responses to Simple Yet Very Effective Finger Savers / Protège- doigts simples mais très efficaces

  1. François says:

    Génial. J’en prends bonne note. Merci!

  2. Mike says:

    Just bought a new miter saw and found myself doing exactly what your photos show with the stick. I have some of those tips and will attach to some sticks ASAP. Thanks for the tip…

  3. don a hochstein says:

    cheap yet very workable.

  4. Pat M. says:

    I like this idea, I actually had bought myself the rubber feet a long time ago and forgot why. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. kbwoodworker says:

    I got the “Fastcap 10 Million dollar stick.” It’s expensive, but I like it for use with my miter saw. You can put both downward pressure and press the piece against the fence at the same time. Not sure I’d use it for tiny pieces like you show, these dowels with rubber feet look good for that.

    • kbwoodworker says:

      Oddly, part of my post disappeared. It should read that “you can apply pressure both downward and against the fence at the same time.”

    • Serge says:

      I didn’t know that “Fastcap 10 Million dollar stick” but few years ago I designed and made my own similar model using scraps. Take a look here. Notice that it also add pressure against the fence and downward at the same time. However it’s not as elegant as yours !
      Best,