Regular readers of this site will know that when it comes
to push sticks I am a big fan of the Micro-Jig
GRR-Rippers. However, there
certainly are times when your traditional, basic push stick is more
convenient or suitable for a particular task. I have quite a few different
push sticks in the workshop, some store bought, some shop made. They all
only serve one purpose though, and that is to safely push material through
a blade while keeping my hands well clear of the cutting edges. The Kreg
Tool Company has come out with a push stick with a couple extra additions
thrown in, so I thought I'd test one out and see how useful it really
The Kreg Multi-Purpose Push Stick
Kreg Tool Company is certainly most well known for their Kreg Pocket
Hole Jigs, which we have reviewed on this site previously and are perhaps
the best and easiest method for wood joinery using pocket holes. In more
recent years they have been expanding their product line to include
accessories for other common workshop machines. The Multi-Purpose Push
Stick is one of these accessories.
As you can see from the images, the Push Stick sports
Kreg's standard blue color and is made of impact resistant plastic, so it
wont dent or deform easily if dropped from a workbench or sawing machine.
The shape itself is probably nothing new to experienced woodworkers; there
are other push sticks on the market with a similar shape.
The barrel grip handle does not feature a smooth smooth or
rubber molded grip. This is a good thing in this case as the open ribbed
construction actually provides a better grip and less slip than a smooth
or rubber molded grip, and when it comes to working with your hands near
sharp spinning blades, good slip resistance is vital. The underside of the
handle features ridges for easy finger gripping and the size of the barrel
handle fits comfortable in the hand. The best thing about this handle
however is the pencil holder. Running down the middle of the grip is a
cylindrical space to slot your pencil in. It will accommodate most
standard sized round pencils.
I don't know how much time I waste in the shop looking for
the pencil I put down somewhere during the construction or marking phases,
but it would certainly add up to something substantial. Usually I have my
tool belt on when I'm working on a larger project but when I don't wear
that, pencils seem to disappear into thin air. Ensuring the pencil goes
back in the holder on the push stick means I can find it when I need it,
and have it close to hand when working with the machinery.
Working down from the handle you can see a measure rule.
This is a hardened stainless steel rule with one side offering imperial
measurement while the reverse side offers metric, This can act as a depth
gauge by extending out from the front edge of the push stick as well as a
multi-function rule for marking for mortises, tenons or rebates etc. The
rule can slide in and out and locked in place using the locking tab on the
back side of the push stick. It can also be removed completely if you wish
to use it like a general ruler or small straight edge. The rule measures 6
inches (15cm) long. The grey locking tab works a little like a cam clamp
(albeit simplified) to lock and release the rule in place. You may need
fingernails to get behind the tab to lever it up however.
Moving on down we see a Kreg logo molded into the push
stick (no function) but just lateral to this is a powerful magnetic disc.
The purpose of this is storage. You can quickly store the Push Stick to
any iron or steel surface (not aluminum). Given that most workshop tools
feature steel sheeted bases/cabinets, the magnetic on the Push Stick will
readily grab and secure to these surfaces. It attached fine to the outside
of my cabinet saw, to the wheel covers on my band saw, to the cabinet or
fence of my jointer and to the steel frame cabinet and legs of my router
table. Again, this feature allows to tool to be stored right were it will
be used, saving you time from retrieving the tool off wall storage or from
And down to the bottom of the Push Stick now we see a flat
surface with a protruding notch at the rear. This notch, of course,
engages at the back edge of your workpiece to help push it through the
blade(s) of your cutting machine. All standard push sticks have this
feature, essentially, so that is nothing new.
Ok so as you can see, we have a Push Stick that is pretty much
standard in terms of push stick function, but with a few extra and very
handy additions thrown in. The Kreg Push Stick sees the most action in my
shop on my Table Saw, Band Saw and Router Table. While Kreg advertise the
fact it can be used with the jointer, I find the regular rubber-soled push
blocks work much better in this application, although without these the
Kreg Push Stick will certainly suffice.
On the table saw I do prefer to use my GRR-Rippers for most
thin ripping cuts as these provide the ultimate in safety, but they can be
time consuming to set up if you are only making one or two cuts. In these
cases, the Kreg Push Stick can be quicker and more practical for the task,
although I always advocate use of the safest method possible, within
practical constraints of course. But do remember that the Kreg Push Stick
does have the included ruler and depth checking features, and this can be
handy for double checking marks for tenons or for actually laying them out
too, and with the pencil holder in built, you have a pretty handy marking
tool for making or altering layout markings right at the machine. The
width of the Kreg Stick is 3/8" so you cannot use it to rip thin pieces
any smaller than that without the Stick touching the blade, but this is
the same with most commercially made push sticks. It you want to cut
thinner strips I would recommend a
GRR-Ripper (at greater expense however)
which will let you safely cut down to 1/4" using a pushing device.
The Push Stick is very handy at the band saw for pushing
material through the blade when working with a band saw fence. It can be
used upright or at right angles for guiding the last piece of the cut
through the blade, again keeping hands and fingers well away from the
blades - the primary reason for using push sticks.
On the router table it is great for shaping small or
thinner pieces in particular as this is when hands can come dangerously
close to the cutting tool. The Push Stick notch provides a safe method of
guiding material past the cutter and again can be used at angles for user
convenience or to avoid obstructions like cutter guards or dust collection
Let's face it, you can probably make a basic push stick in the shop
out of scrap for next to nothing (not counting the cost of your time of
course) but for the very reasonable price of US$17.99, the Kreg Push Stick
is a durable tool with added features that you will definitely use, and
features that would be difficult to incorporate into your own shop-made
push stick (not without difficulty or a fair bit of time anyway). As such
I feel this Kreg accessory offers pretty good value for money. I certainly
use all the features it offers just about every time I pick it up to use
it, and for me, that makes it worth every dollar of the asking price.
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Kreg Multi-Purpose Push Stick in commercial packaging
This shot pretty much shows all the features of the Kreg
Multi-Purpose Push Stick
Intergrated pencil holder comes in very handy!
The Push Stick holds the material while keeping your
hands away from the cutting blade.
Stainless Steel rule can act as a depth gauge too!