Clever stop block for crosscutting on the tablesaw
In this video, FWW editor Tom McKenna shows you a magnetic stop block that is placed against the fence making safe crosscuts faster and easier
One of the cardinal safety rules of using the tablesaw is that you should never use the rip fence as a stop block when you’re crosscutting. Doing so will leave a piece of wood trapped between the fence and the blade, often leading to dangerous kickback (ricocheting a piece backwards at high speed). A common solution is to clamp a secondary stop block to the fence well behind the blade, leaving plenty of room for the free piece between the fence and the blade once it’s been sawn away.
In this video, FWW editor Tom McKenna shows you how to make reader Robert Gunn’s magnetic stop block from FWW Issue #262, which expands on this solution and makes it even more convenient by removing the need to pull out a clamp for your stop block. Rare earth magnets allow you to snap the block in place, and snap it to the side of your saw for storage between uses. Locate the magnets near an edge of the block so you can rotate it if your fence happens to be near a miter slot.