Bow Products are markers of some of the most popular fence and safety products used by woodworkers today.
Entrepreneurs at heart, Keith and Ron Bow formed Bow Products to solve problems. Driven by creativity and passion to find a better way, the Bow Brothers like to spend their spare time developing new products.
Keith was not satisfied that traditional plastic featherboards truly met the safety challenge. Sure they all guide wood into the blade, but their designs are all based on the same premise and in measuring kickback resistance force, plastic feathers all performed about the same. The wooden featherboards were even worse. In their never ending conquest for a better way, Keith and Ron experimented with both design and material for a featherboard. If the Hardened Foam was durable and strong enough to handle the infeed requirements it could provide new benefit on the kickback by its ability to absorb pressure. Through trial and error the hinge design enabled this and the FeatherPRO was born. Designing hinges in the feathers, they discovered a way to significantly restrict the flow of wood in the direction against the hinge. This essentially added a mechanical advantage to the Hardened Foam. Something, to their knowledge, that was never done before. Ron noted how satisfying it was when they began to test the concept. “It was simply amazing that this tool was so much more effective against kickback.” Keith added “As we started tinkering with the FeatherPRO we realized the product actually outperforms plastic featherboards on the infeed and is less likely to damage a blade or a bit if it came into contact with them. It’s A Win/Win tool, and a fresh new design in a stale product category.”