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Set clearance to zero
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Attach a 1/4"-thick hardboard or MDF
auxiliary subplate to your saw's
footplate with countersunk machine
screws. Plunge the blade through
the blank for zero clearance.

Set clearance to zero

To support the wood fibers, especially plywood's thin veneers, where the blade exits the workpiece, attach an auxiliary subplate to your saw's footplate (also called a base or shoe). When you plunge-cut through this extra layer, you'll create a zero-clearance opening around the blade to eliminate tear-out.

CAUTION: Be extra careful when using a saw this way because the blade guard cannot cover the blade below the auxiliary footplate.

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Comments (2)
DaveOdekirk wrote:

A 1/16 inch deep scoring cut is your best bet for stopping tearout. That is why the big industrial saws have a scoring blade built in.

1/30/2015 09:53:26 AM Report Abuse
CarouselJohn wrote:

I can no longer see the pictures for the articles because your ads are covering them completely. Do you need the money so bad that you are putting our an inferior product? You used to be so good.

1/29/2015 10:49:37 PM Report Abuse

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