I planned on constructing a feather board for much of the past 7 years. I also planned on replacing the splitter on my table saw for much of that same time. A few weeks back I was running a piece of 1/4” plywood through the saw to square up the edges before framing it. It was 7”x10”. It was a sign my daughter and grand daughter gave me for Christmas that said “Grampy’s Workshop” I pushed the final edge through and retrieved it on the other side of the blade, then as I was bringing it back to the front of the saw, it slipped from my hands and hit the blade. It hit me with such force, this small piece of ply, that instantly I said to myself, Uh Oh. At first I thought I was OK but the pain lasted and so later I went up the the bathroom and pulled up my shirt… this is what I saw.
Do your self a favor. Do not remove the splitter. Use a feather board. And never use a saw when your not focused.
-- David, Norwood Mass, email@example.com