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.

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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 14 " 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.