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Woodstock W1104 Board Buddies, Yellow


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  • Maintains even pressure against table and fence
  • The wheels turn clockwise preventing kickback
  • Completely adjustable
  • Safer, cleaner cuts
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Technical Details
Part Number W1104
Item Weight3.3 pounds
Product Dimensions17 x 14.5 x 3.5 inches
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Item model numberW1104
Item Package Quantity1
  
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ASINB0000223VK
Best Sellers Rank #39,819 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First AvailableOctober 8, 2004
  
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Woodstock W1104 Board Buddies, Yellow

Board Buddies - Yellow
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Decrease the risk of kickback on tablesaws and router tables with the W1104 Board Buddies. These Board Buddies feature wheels that turn clockwise only and function as anti-kickback and hold-down devices. The main body has a pivoting arm which supports the roller, and this is kept tight against the material by means of a pressure spring attached to the housing and a counter-pivoted adjustment lever.

Simultaneous Even Pressure

A necessity for the safety-conscious woodworker, our Board Buddies maintain simultaneous, even pressure against the table and fence. Made from die-cast aluminum and utilizing non-marring yellow neoprene rubber wheels, these Board Buddies ensure a no-slip grip on your workpiece.

Completely Adjustable

Board Buddies are completely adjustable so that the roller height can be set correctly for your stock thickness. You can mount these to fences that are 3 to 3-1/2-inches high x 1-inch or wider. Each Board Buddy consists of a mounting bracket, a main body, and a roller.

Optional Accessories

The optional W1107 12-inch track or W1108 24-inch track are designed for use with our Board Buddies and can be mounted on a variety of tablesaw, router table, shaper or radial arm saw fences, both tracks include T-Nuts for mounting. For easy mounting to Shop Fox W1410 or W1411 fences having their own accessory track, use the W1103 T-Nuts. For mounting to Craftsman and Rigid fences use D3039 T-Nuts. Other Board Buddies available are the W1105 Green multi-directional and W1106 Orange counterclockwise rotation.

Specifications and Features
  • Clockwise Rotation
  • Prevent kickback on tablesaws and router tables.
  • Mounts to fences 3 to 3-1/2-inches high x 1-inch or wider.
  • Non-Marring
  • Neoprene Wheels
  • Die-Cast Aluminum Construction

Mounted on W2000 Rebel Router Table
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

They have been working very well.
Warren
The board buddies held the sheets down tight and snug against the fence.
George Lutz
Maybe the W1104's have this but I did not see it in the photo.
T. A. Hansen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

151 of 153 people found the following review helpful By Howard Beale on December 20, 1999
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I grew tired of the awkward to align splitter/blade guard on my Delta CS and these seemed like an ideal way to get some anti-kickback protection. The idea is that the wheels, which sit at an angle, hold your stock to the table and against the fence. Since they only turn one way, a work piece that binds against the fence and the blade can't shoot back at you. You should also get more square cuts since the work piece can't drift away from the fence.
They seem well made (cast aluminum bodies, large yellow rubber-like wheels), but there are some problems.
Mounting is the main problem. The mounting base that comes with them has a 4" x 2" flat bottom that is a problem to attach to most fences. The picture on the packaging shows them using some kind of aluminum insert to ride in a TS fence extrusion -- this isn't included. Short of drilling holes in your fence, the flat bottom bracket that comes with the Board Buddies isn't exactly mounting friendly.
I mounted mine to my Unifence by switching it to the "low" position, and mounting a plywood assembly to the mounting extrusion used when mounting the fence in the high position. The Board Buddies mount to the plywood assembly. The main problem with this (or any Unifence mounting) is that the Unifence isn't designed to have much upward force on the back side of it. Unless I'm careful about the height of the outfeed wheel in relation to my stock thickness, I can really get a lot of lift on the fence.
The wheels are raised and lowered by turning an eyebolt that presses on a plastic wedge that pushes the wheel arms up and down. This plastic wedge is very soft plastic - mine came out in the course of mounting them, and it already had a 1/16" ding in it from the eyebolt.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Rich in SLO on June 19, 2000
The review by swb@mercury.campbell-mithun.com, though accurate seems a little harsh and may put some people off. I've been using "Board Buddies" in one configuration or another for probably 12+ years. I wouldn't be without them. They hold the work solidly down and against the rip fence. If I'm ripping a board -- vertually any size -- I can remove my hands from the board and walk away while the saw continues to run and the blade is in the kerf of the board and the board *will not move*. A convenient feature when you realize you left your push stick on your work bench.
swb is right in saying they can be difficult to mount to your rip fence without the T-Slot accessory . But with the T-slot extrusion permanently mounted to the top of your rip fence, the Board Buddies are quick and easy to adjust, and can be removed easily.
The only time I ever injured myself during a ripping operation was when I failed to set up the rollers because I was "just making a quick cut" (Fortunately, I still have all my fingers and thumbs -- knock-on-wood.)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. Jones on April 17, 2003
I saw the Board Buddies in a magazine and they looked like they would work really well, but sometimes items you find in magazines can be gimicks. I went to a friend's workshop and saw that he was using them. He really liked them so I decided to order a set. They work great when ripping wood. It takes a little more time to set up your cut, but it is well worth they extra time for the nice cut you get and the added safety. They work esp. well when using dado blades. They keep the wood down to the talbe and pulled the the fence. I may get a set for my router table next.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By James S. Schmitz on August 20, 2005
I'm a heavily engaged amatuer, meaning that most of my woodworking and construction is for my family, but still serious stuff.

If you're like me, you probably have habits that are less than idea, particularly around power tools. I mean, a pure hobbyist might maintain insane levels of care with tool use (like, reading the manual more than once) and a pro (someone paid for the work) might just know better. People like us know enough for a dangerous level of confidence.

With the Board Buddies, I get a fairly secure material hold-down very close to the blade, with my hands staying well behind it. It prevents, or at least reduces, the chances of a binding blade throwing oak back in your face, and lets you focus on the woodworking, not trying to hold yet another thing down.

This is particularly good on the outfeed, because you've got one wheel holding down the wood and pulling it toward the fence in a place where you're hands can't (or at least shouldn't) ever be.

I use it with the optional mounting rail, which sits securely on my existing saw fence (yes, it's extruded aluminium and, no, I'm not thrilled about it, either). Rather than anything exotic, I use four M6 2" bolts slipped into the track on top of my fence, and hold it to the Board Buddies with four wingnuts.

I highly recommend this, particularly with a smaller contractor saw, where space on the table is limited. It's light, adjustable, easy to install / remove (key, for tablesaw safety equipment), and helps me in woodworking a lot more than I expected it to.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Hansen on May 11, 2004
I have a Powermatic table saw and was having a hell of a time with the fence and spreader that came with it. I could never properly align the blade guard and spreader. It was constantly binding. It was especially bad when I tried to cut an angle. I ultimately removed the guard. Like many others I had wood bullets shoot back at me. Board Buddies seem to be the answer. The stock is pressed firmly to the table and I have had no kickback.
I recommend getting the 24" track also. It's long enough to cover most of the fence and you only have to install it once. If you need a different position you loosen two screws. If you didn't have the track you would have to install the buddies each time you needed a new position. It's just more efficient with the track.
I did have some misgivings recently when I noticed that there is a set of Board Buddies you can get from Amazon(Tool Crib?) directly and not pay shipping. For some reason I did not notice the W1104's. I ordered the G2370's on Amazon but through Grizzly. I had to pay for shipping(like you I don't like paying shipping), but these Board Buddies are aluminum and are very sturdy. If you look at the reviews for the W1104's you'll see a review that sorta laments the fact that the W1104's are cast iron. He states that cast iron is more prone to cracks. I noticed one other difference from the photo of the W1104's. They don't have a long(4") eyelet screw. The G2370 have this screw and it allows more height adjustment for the rollers. Maybe the W1104's have this but I did not see it in the photo.
In any event, I highly recommend Board Buddies.
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