Get Safer, Cleaner Cuts on Your Tablesaw
Take a look at this step-by-step tutorial on making a zero-clearance insert--a smart upgrade to any saw.
Synopsis: Shopmade tablesaw inserts are easy and inexpensive to make. Made of plywood, these zero-clearance inserts help prevent tearout and keep narrow offcuts from getting wedged near the blade and thrown back at you. Tom Begnal gives a step-by-step tutorial on making an insert for your tablesaw. Once you’ve made one, you’ll want several more — one for each blade setup and dado width you use.
The throat plate supplied with your tablesaw likely has a blade opening that’s much wider than the blade. this allows you to easily set the blade at an angle, but it also has some serious drawbacks. First, because there’s no support under the workpiece near the blade, tearout often occurs along the edge of the cut. Second, narrow offcuts can get wedged in the gap and then thrown back at you.
To overcome these problems, make a plywood insert that fits…