|Project by Matt||posted 09-02-2015 05:00 PM||2323 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
Ok, I needed a new blade guard for my table saw as the Ridgid one that came with it was crap. This one was made from some 3/4” plywood, a piece of 3’ T-track from woodcraft, a few knobs and bolts, and scrap lexan/plexiglass that I had laying around the shop. It is hooked up to the Y that I put inbetween my 4” D/C port at the back of my saw. I put in a 2” blast gate so that I could shut off the Suction to it in case I disconnected it to run my sled or something of that nature. I researched this from a bunch of online plans for it. I didn’t want to use a spring and arms hanging from the ceiling or from a mobile base because it was too cumbersome.
The only disadvantage to it, is that the farther I stretch it away from the fence, the heavier it is. This is only a problem when I have to push wood under it and make BOTH sides of the plexiglass move up, which makes the front drop. It’s not a big deal, it’s just an annoyance. As you can see, the plexiglass is on sway hinges and moves up as I push the material through it. Ideally, it’s only one side at a time, but once in a while both sides have to go up. I just hold the front up.
Feel free to message me with any questions.