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Do it yourself table saw splitter/guard

diy home made table saw splitter

Roland made a good safety point on my post yesterday that sent me back 25 years to Mr Beaver's woodshop class in High School. Yes...that was his real name.

The Pro-Tech 10" bench saw was a hand-me-down and already had the splitter removed. I think I've got it in the barn somewhere.

I decided to take Roland's advice and look into what it might take to replace the splitter, which is a piece of metal that prevents the cut wood from drifting back to the blade.

The above picture is from The, a great website that has encountered this problem due to the original splitter/guard being too flimsy. They came up with a strudy do it yourself version that looks easy to replicate. The guard only functions to prevent scraps from being dropped onto the blade, but the splitter seems like it should work better than the original.

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Make sure that the splitter is just as wide as the cut that the blade makes;

  • any smaller and it won't protect properly against "throw-ups",
  • any wider and it'll get stuck!

If you have saws of different width, you need a splitter for each. The best form for a splitter is one that is curved and follows the back of the blade. The end pointing to the blade should be ground to an edge. Not sharp obviously, but enough to push the wood aside.

Comment by Roland_Smith Wed Sep 1 02:14:24 2010
Now that you've shamed him into it, I'll bet Mark will dig up the original splitter that came with the saw. It's somewhere lost in the barn, I think.
Comment by anna Wed Sep 1 07:38:33 2010

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