Cheap and easy splitter

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Forum topic by Beginningwoodworker posted 09-07-2010 03:03 AM 2871 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-07-2010 03:03 AM

This is a cheap a easy way to add a safely to your table saw.

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 03:07 AM

looks like the one i plan on making .

thanks for the reminder !

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 03:23 AM

If it works its worth the effort…......................................Schloemoe

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 03:39 AM

Thanks for the tip.

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 04:14 AM

These work great. You can fit them to most any width of blade. You can also make them of different heights for use with dado blades also. You may ask why you would want to with a dado, but it helps to keep the wood against the fence to keep the cut nice and straight.

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 05:03 AM

Great addition, CJ!

If you can get a piece of 1/8” thick aluminum you can make one that’s a little more durable.

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#6 posted 09-07-2010 04:04 PM

Hey Charles…..did you just glue the splitter to the insert?

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#7 posted 09-07-2010 05:56 PM

I just glue it in there, Don.

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#8 posted 09-07-2010 07:11 PM

notottoman – the splitter prevents the wood from binding back after it’s cut. sometimes when the wood has internal stresses, after it’s cut it will bend and close itself behind the blade, when that happens, the back of the blade can come in contact with the wood, and try to lift it up in your face = kickback. the splitter keeps that from happening by keeping the wood split and away from the back of the blade. a riving knife is even better as it’s closer to the blade than a regular splitter and adds much more safety .

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#9 posted 09-07-2010 07:58 PM

Thats what the splitter is for notottoman.

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#10 posted 09-07-2010 08:24 PM

Hey do you guys think this is a better way to go than the plastic blade cover and splitter that came with my Delta contractor saw? That one has spring loaded pawls that can also grab the wood and prevent kickback. It seems a lot of folks on this site don’t like using this type of guard. Thoughts/opinions?


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#11 posted 09-08-2010 12:46 AM

Tom its a pain in the rear in to take off and put on when you need to make none though cuts, tenon cheaks or dados or rabbets. Thats why I never owned a plastic blade cover. I think they need to improve the design before more people start using them.

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#12 posted 09-08-2010 02:43 AM

Hey Charles,
Your cheap and easy way to add safety to your table saw is still dangerous.
Have a look here.

You might also have a look here.

-- Fred

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