Cross-cut Stop Block

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Project by TheDane posted 06-25-2016 12:45 AM 1380 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like most of us, I have been clamping a stop-block to the fence when doing cross-cut on the tablesaw to keep the cut-off from getting caught between the fence and the spinning blade.

This little fixture is infinitely easier. It is exactly 2 inches wide, and has a cleat on the back that catches the edge of the table … I just add 2 inches to the length I want to cut and fire away.

Full disclosure: This is my adaptation of a fixture I saw Kevin Rodel using in a Fine Woodworking video.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 06-25-2016 01:33 AM

Seems like I saw Norm Abram do that too… way back when…

Good way to go…

... or use a crosscut sled… :)

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#2 posted 06-25-2016 02:09 AM

Nice. The best part of this solution is that it is so simple – something that is always worth getting right.

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#3 posted 06-25-2016 07:56 PM

Great simple idea, thanks.

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#4 posted 06-25-2016 08:32 PM

... or use a crosscut sled… :)

I actually have a couple of sleds, but they don’t work well with the SawStop over-arm dust collection system (which, with a 2hp cyclone, does a pretty good job of collecting dust at the source).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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