After a bit of a break from any serious woodworking, I started on a new project recently that required cutting tongue and groove joints on the edges of the boards.
Without having to even think about it, I knew I had exactly what I needed to make the cuts safely – my handy-dandy dual featherboard.
It’s actually two featherboards…or one
The great thing about the Milescraft 1407 D/T (which stands for Dual/Tandem) is the different ways you can use it on any power tool with a mitre slot. It’s really two separate featherboards that can be situated in-line, or stacked with the spacer between them for holding stock vertically.
The product reviews on Amazon are mostly positive with one of the most common complaints being the casting quality of the aluminum mitre bars. Some users had to file them down to fit the slots. Mine are a bit rough but I don’t recall having any problems with them fitting the slots of either table saw that I’ve used it on.
Here are a couple of Amazon Customer Reviews:
Most favourable of the twelve 5-star ratings to date:
5 out of 5 stars Great Buy, April 10, 2009
By John Schaben
… Feels and works great. I haven’t been using featherboards (real men don’t use that stuff) and I am not sure why I still have all my appendages. Comes with two sets of expansion adapters to fit mitre slots in both the table saw and shaper and also everything needed to use with T-slots. Sets up in seconds and breaks down to two single featherboard so I can put one in the mitre slot and the other on the fence…
I am impressed with the quality and price and am looking more closely at other Milescraft products.
Most critical of three 1-star ratings to date:
1 out of 5 stars Garbage!, March 14, 2012
I went to demonstrate the Use of a FeatherBoard to a Customer of mine; as I was tightening the Bolt the Miter Bar Snapped! Thanks for making me look like an idiot in front of my customer, Milescraft!! If I had known that Milescraft typical quality was this terrible, I would have never have purchased this item in the first place…
I mostly use mine in the stacked configuration and find it does what it’s supposed to do very well.
I think it’s a good quality product and you’d be hard-pressed to come up with a better design made in the shop that can be configured for so many uses.
Since I haven’t compared it to other brands and have not used it in all the configurations I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 stars.