When ripping workpieces narrower than about 8″, a push stick is sensible to keep your fingers clear of the blade. As stock gets even narrower and lighter, it’s a good idea to install a featherboard over it to keep the wood pressed down firmly. But, what happens when the workpiece becomes too narrow to keep a push stick engaged next to the featherboard? Short of discarding the wood (sometimes the safer solution), consider installing a pair of FeatherBow Junior® featherboards (around $7.50 ea. as of 2010) over your workpiece. Their narrow 3/8″ profile can help you keep a push stick in control throughout the cut. FeatherBow Juniors come with bolts and knobs to attach to an auxiliary fence facing. You choose between a single feather or a bow on the other end to create downward force.