Make a table saw riving knife or splitter?

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Forum topic by Majik365 posted 12-19-2014 01:01 AM 2292 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2014 01:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: riving knife splitter spliter table saw insert

I have an older delta 36-600 table saw and Ive made inserts for it before but Id like to make one with a riving knife or splitter. So I’m looking for some good ideas on a safe way add that feature. one of the issues I think will be that their is an 1/8” recess around the rim of the insert and below that there is more space. Any ideas? Thanks

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#1 posted 12-19-2014 02:34 AM

Here is what I use on my home made ZCI’s –

They have them for narrow kerf & standard kerf. They run about $40 at Woodcraft & Amazon.

-- The good wood worker does not craft wood for honor - he uses his craft to honor the wood.

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#2 posted 12-19-2014 02:40 AM

Make a blank, fit it to the saw. Then raise the blade.
Then lower the blade, put another throat plate in,
then using the rip fence extend the first throat
insert by about 1.5”. Make a thin piece of wood to
wedge, glue in the back of the slot where it won’t
interfere with the blade at highest setting. Ok,
then take down the sides of the splitter by a tiny
but on each face, leaving full thickness where it fits
in the slot. The leading edge can be rounded over
and the splitter waxed.

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#3 posted 12-19-2014 03:55 AM

of all the trades of thought to the subject

is that they save the odd finger

the reasons for and against, r as old as the bible

Loran, he knows, and is till on top of the ball

: ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#4 posted 12-19-2014 04:30 AM

I do exactly as Loren. Works like a charm and no cash outlay.
I make one for each blade width.
Works great.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#5 posted 12-19-2014 11:51 AM

I have made several large riving knives from old saw blades.I simply marked them out and cut with an angle grinder with appropriate blade fitted the small angle grinde 4.5 inch works best.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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