What’s orange and black and protects your hands from electric woodworking tools? Answer: Bench Dog Push Bloc push blocks (10-033).
For the non-woodworkers: Push blocks are used to help guide and manipulate wood boards and sheets across benchtop and stationary woodworking tools such as routers, table saws, and jointers. They help create added distance between cutting tools and your hands, which improves control and helps to reduce risk of injury.
There are a couple of things I love about these push blocks. First, they’re very comfortable to hold. Second, they work pretty darned well. The grippy material on the bottom is soft and rubbery, kind of like an older-style thick premium quality mouse pad.
These push blocks work well to help protect your hands from woodworking tools like routers, table saws, and jointers, and they do it comfortably.
Like other push blocks, the handles are angled slightly for better ergonomics.
On the left, a generic no-name push block I purchased before I discovered these Bench Dog ones. The Bench Dog push block is noticeably larger.
Additionally, the generic no-name push block has smooth foam-like padding. The generic block’s padding grips wood materials pretty well, but the Bench Dog push block’s soft and textured padding simply grips wood materials better. The Bench Dog’s padding is a lot more rubbery, possibly a little firmer as well, but it’s hard to tell.
Bench Dog Push Blocs are sold for about $10 each, and so a pair of two will cost $20. In comparison, generic push blocks are priced at ~$9-15 per pair.
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I bought my two Push Bloc blocks nearly three years ago and would definitely buy them again.