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#1 posted 08-05-2011 04:55 AM

A 1/4” piece of ply is not the best choice IMO. Too flimsey.

Make you 3 or 4 of them using 3/4” material and mark one as 1/4”. Then only use that one for 1/4” ripping. If you only use that one for 1/4” material, then it will likely be a long time before it wears out. Also, for tiny pieces, don’t make the heel too tall otherwise it ends up riding on the TS surface, reducing control of the piece you are ripping.

If you put a hole in the push block for gripping, then make it big enough to get 3-4 fingers in there. I’ve seen ones with a 1” hole for a single finger. That is a recipe for a hospital visit if something catches.

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