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Solutions to Common Table Saw Problems

Use this expert advice to make cutting with a table saw a bit easier.

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make zero clearance throat plate from wood
Photo 1 of 4A zero clearance throat plate can help make cutting thin strips of wood easier.

Cut Thin Strips(1 of 4)

Problem: When cutting thin strips of wood on a table saw, they often fall into the extra space in the throat plate around the table. This can cause kickback, which can be dangerous.

Solution: Make a zero clearance throat plate from a piece of Masonite.

  • Cut the Masonite to the size of the top of the table saw.

  • Attach two cleats -- one on the front and one on the back -- so that when the cleats are attached to the Masonite, it fits just over the top of the table saw. Make sure to countersink the screws when attaching the cleats so the screw doesn't interfere with your cut.

  • Lower the blade of the table saw, then place the Masonite on the saw.

  • Finally, turn the saw on and raise the blade through the Masonite to create a zero clearance throat plate.

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