Do not accept workpiece chip-out on your tablesaw. Instead, eliminate it by using a zero-clearance insert for every cut you make. A shop-made zero clearance insert replaces your tablesaws factory-supplied throat plate, and its wide gap that allows unsupported wood fibers to tear away during a cut.
Making a Zero-Clearance Insert - While an auxiliary fence prevents tearout along the back edge of a workpiece, it does not help along the bottom face. As the blade exits the bottom of the workpiece, the teeth can cause tearout, especially with the wide opening in most table saw inserts. If you need a clean cut along both faces of a workpiece, the solution is a zero-clearance insert.
When cutting rabbets on a table saw, I always clamp on an auxiliary rip fence. The problem is the clamps always seem to be in the way and the fence eventually gets all chewed up. So I made a permanent auxiliary fence with replaceable inserts.
This plan is only available as a download. Create this classic furniture piece âor make just the sideboard base.. for your home, and in the process, learn a super-simple way to make doors with glass inserts or raised panels using just your tablesaw. Extra articles and workshop tips included.
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