Table Saw Splitter

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Make a splitter for your table saw if it does not have one or you are dissatisfied with your current unit. This is an essential safety mechanism. My saw came without one and I soon learned the hard way, (wood shooting like a bullet across the room) of its necessity. A riving knife serves the same purpose, only it moves with the blade, whereas the splitter remains fixed in place.

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Step 1: Steel

I have a Delta Model 36-678. There is a splitter attachment bolt inside the insert opening. Cut a piece of metal stock to the appropriate height and fit into this space.

Step 2: Drill

Drill a hole for the attachment bolt.

Step 3: Shape

Cut out a section of the stock so that the splitter is of the desired width.

Step 4: Kerf

Remove metal from the surface to match the kerf of your table saw blade. Test the splitter in place so that it holds the trimmed stock against the saw fence and allows the larger stock to pass all the way through.

Step 5: Attach

Adjust the splitter and tighten in place.

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    drewscreen

    1 year ago

    This is nice, and well documented. Any suggestions for what to do if your saw doesn't already have the built-in mount behind the blade?

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    Myfootsasmokin

    2 years ago

    Mine is the same way. I have always wondered if maybe a bulletin came out saying remove the riving knife. Bought it used. I think I'll make one and install it.