|Forum topic by Ripper70||posted 12-01-2015 12:02 AM||875 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
12-01-2015 12:02 AM
Thank you Lumberjocks for a terrific website. I’ve been lurking for a while and decided to join in hopes that I might get an answer to a question.
Though it’s been many years since I’ve done any woodworking, I used to work in a commercial shop making furniture from reclaimed lumber and have handled a variety of commercial machines including 12” and 20” table saws.
I recently made a Craigslist purchase of a small Craftsman Table Saw as I’m about to start some home improvement projects. I guess it’d be considered a contractor’s type saw and it was in very good condition and I got it for a very good price.
Because I’m quite a bit rusty I’m trying to use extra caution and getting back into it slowly. Which brings me to my question. The throat plate on the machine is one of those rectangular shaped metal inserts. It’s almost impossible to get it flush with the table top and, of course, the stock blade guard/splitter is so difficult to properly align, it makes it virtually useless. Actually seems to make the machine less safe to work with while attached than when removed.
There must be thousands of these machines being used all over America and I was wondering if any of you all have figured out a way to modify the throat plates and blade guards to make them safer and achieve a better fit. Anybody ever seen/crafted a zero clearance insert for one of these saws?
Any advice or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance and thanks again for an amazing resource like Lumberjocks.com.
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