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#1 posted 04-07-2013 03:35 AM

I think that usually with those types of guards, you don’t lower the blade all the way down with the guard on. At least, that’s the way I’ve seen them work on other saws. With the guard on, there’s no problem with leaving some of the blade above the table. I personally don’t use my blade guard/pawls, so it’s entirely possible I’m incorrect on this one.

And to make a ZCI that accommodates the riving knife (and hence the guard), make your blade cut as usual (raise it up through the ZCI) to max height, then shut down the saw, lower the blade, remove the ZCI, install the standard throat plate, set your rip fence to match the ZCI kerf, raise the blade, power up the saw, and feed the ZCI in as far as needed to cut the riving knife kerf. This will likely (depending on your saw / RK setup) extend all the way to first kerf you made. Hope that makes sense.

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