Diverter block

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Project by lizardhead posted 12-01-2013 07:57 PM 2941 views 27 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have cut many many little pieces on my table saw, I always grit my teeth because the little pieces catch on the back side of the blade and send them flying. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks.—To avoid sticking my fingers in close to the blade to retrieve these pieces before they get to the back of the blade, I cut a curved block to a point and positioned the tip of the block against the flat portion of the blade (not on the teeth) Now the pieces are rerouted safely out of the blades path. I am a tricking Genius.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#1 posted 12-01-2013 08:10 PM

You are a genius! How many of us are slapping our foreheads saying “Why didn’t I think of that!?”

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 12-01-2013 08:21 PM

Nicely done!

Ever thought of making a dedicated zero clearance throat plate with the diverter glued down to the throat plate? Then just raise the saw blade and viola’! Just a thought . . .


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 12-01-2013 08:59 PM

Good set up that will keep the pieces from flying at you .
I use the same diverter set up on my mitre sled but with another piece over the blade just in case one crawls over the diverter. .

-- Kiefer 松

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#4 posted 12-01-2013 09:05 PM

Great idea, thank you

-- Norman

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#5 posted 12-01-2013 09:19 PM

Awesome idea. I am headed down to my shop to install one on one of my ZCI’s now

-- ET1 (SS) Cowan, Bremerton, WA - (I'll come up with a witty quote later)

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#6 posted 12-01-2013 09:50 PM

Firehouse Dave — You also are a genius

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#7 posted 12-01-2013 09:57 PM

Great idea…!!!!!!!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 12-01-2013 09:58 PM

I wonder if the difference between the teeth of the blade and the blade plate might cause small pieces to get hung up though. I might have to reserve your genius status until I check that out.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#9 posted 12-01-2013 10:23 PM

I have a similar fear when cutting small pieces but I just grab them with my eyes closed so if I don’t see the blade/blood it won’t hurt! chuckle I hope

This is a good solution and everyone needs ways to solve this kind of problem and here are some I use and have seen other use.

Seriously, I use wide blue painters tape. I take a 6” strip, place it on the work piece over the area to be cut and cut through the tape while holding the remaining, ~4”, of tape which allows be to pull the cut off away from the blade. Tape is cheap compared to finger surgery!

I have also used my shop vac to suck up the pieces but unless the vac is clean you need to dig through all the debris.

David Marks uses a pencil, the eraser part, when cutting small pieces on his TS sled. I don’t have a sled hence the tape.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 12-01-2013 10:27 PM

A really great and useful idea.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#11 posted 12-01-2013 10:38 PM

Oldnovice: I guess that would be good for a few pieces but for a bunch I would have tape all over the place then You have to remove the tape left on the piece. I’m to lazy for all that.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#12 posted 12-01-2013 11:23 PM

I like it! Great idea.

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#13 posted 12-02-2013 12:01 AM

Good Idea.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 12-02-2013 12:19 AM

Great Idea!! I like using your head to save your fingers!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#15 posted 12-02-2013 12:36 AM

Good Idea !! I took one of those small pieces to the shin one time. thanks for sharing.

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