Splitter from a shelf bracket

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Blog entry by CueballRosendaul posted 01-05-2014 08:55 PM 1551 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My new (to me) Unisaw didn’t come with any safety equipment, and I’ve been having trouble finding a splitter that I like, so I decided that until I find one I really like, I’ll just make one and add it to my new ZC throat plate. I laid in bed last night racking my brain over what material I might have that would be easy to work with and I remembered some old shelf brackets I wasn’t using. I popped the end cap off, cut the dog legs off, did most of the filing and shaping before I made the final cut, and I’m pretty happy with it.

I sharpened the face so it’s very knife like, but not a finger cutter. It’s a tad narrower than my blade (which is .111). To mount it on the throat plate, I raised the blade up and clamped two straight boards to the blade, held the splitter in place and tapped it with a hammer to make a dent on the throat plate. From the dent, I then drilled a series of holes and cleaned it up with my dremel tool It had a bit of slop, so I decided to glue it in place. If I need to make a cut without the splitter, I can lift the plate out and use a different plate just as fast as I can pull the splitter out if it was removable anyway.

It works really well and is low enough to still go through my crosscut sled and under the fence I have on my miter gauge. Not bad for an hour or so of filing and fussing. It looks thick in the pictures, but that’s because I eased all the edges with the file.


-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 01-05-2014 10:16 PM

A nice addition to safety right here

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-05-2014 10:21 PM

Looks good man. I too was uncomfortable using my (new to me) Unisaw with out a splitter. I ended up going with the Shark Guard system and only had to wait about a week for my three splitters. I am however, on the four month waiting list for the matching blade guard w/ 4” dust collet. :( The splitters I order are all 304 stainless steel and are of the highest quality. They come in three sizes small, med and large effectively about 3/4”, 2 1/2” and 3 1/2” (above the table height) You can order a single or you can order the whole set for $72. After I fumbled around trying to align the splitters to my blade unsuccessefully for several hours I came up with a rather ingenious way of aligning the spillter mounting bracked to the blade. I cut a planed and jointed board about and inch wide and 6-7” long. I then stuck one end up near the splitter mounting bracket and held the other end over the arbor and marked where the board crosses the center of the arbor. I then drilled a 5/8” in hole in the marked position on the board. I think you can see where Im going with this now. I installed the board on the arbor and snugged it up just tight enough to take any play off the arbor and I placed the other end in the saddle of the splitter mounting hardware and snugged that up to the board. It was tight working quarters with that board in the way, but I did manage to get it perfectly aligned and tightened on my first try.

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#3 posted 01-06-2014 12:31 AM

Might have to do this for my Delta Homecraft built in the late 40’s or early 50’s.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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