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Tablesaw tips, tricks, and techniques part 1


Make a quick zero-clearance tabletop

Make a quick zero-clearance tabletop.

Instead of crafting a new zero-clearance insert to replace your tablesaw's factory throat-plate insert, create a temporary tabletop for your saw in seconds, as shown. Set the fence for the cut you intend to make; then mount a piece of 1/4" hardboard to your tablesaw top with clamps or cloth-backed, double-face tape. Hold the hardboard down with another scrap and then slowly raise the spinning blade through the hardboard to cutting height.

You need to first attach your temporary hardboard tabletop to the saw's tabletop, then raise the blade through it, and finally, set the distance from the rip fence.

Note: Blade guards have been removed in these photos for clarity. Always use the appropriate safety guards with your tools.


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