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Although there are many instances in which you need to remove a standard or modular table saw blade guard, most cuts can be made with a riving knife installed. However, there are a few operations for which you must (or should) remove the riving knife: Raising the blade through a workpiece (e.g., when cutting the slot for a crosscut sled or zero-clearance ...


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The main issue with this splitter is like any other splitter - it has a fixed distance from the table. Since the saw blade is raised or lowered depending on what is being cut, the distance between the spiltter and blade will decrease or increase. Since the safest splitter is one that is closest to the blade as possible, when making shallow cuts this splitter ...


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Specifically the Dibond is a laminated material, that when cut to a fairly small size and required to remain rigid under varying pressures from varying directions, repeatedly, may not remain integral or rigid and have a higher potential for failure. I would also be concerned that pushing wood fibers past the laminate sheets may cause some to grab at the skin ...


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I'd really worry about the oak splitter itself splitting along the grain. Imagine that leading edge catching on the wood, breaking, and jamming into the kerf. Could get entertaining. If you like the design, I'd switch to using model aircraft plywood. You can get very thin sheets that still have multiple layers. You don't need three-ply 1/64" plywood (!), ...


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The riving knife on my table saw (Powermatic 2000) extends higher than the blade. This is because it also functions as the mount for the blade guard which I no longer use since I have come to appreciate the safety factor of the riving knife. It is necessary to remove the riving knife whenever I make any cut that is not a through cut, i.e. a groove. I ...


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Caveat: "I know nothing! Nothing!" I'm far from a sophisticated user of table saws, and paranoid enough that I paid the extra for a saw with "airbags" despite knowing that most table saw injuries happen to pros who have started taking the beast for granted. Having said that... There are certainly aftermarket splitters, which presumably use some concept of ...


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