Raise the table to cut super-thin materials
Recently, I was making wooden chests for my young daughters and decided to use brass accent strips for edging. When I tried to cut the strips with my tablesaw, the thin material would slide underneath the tablesaw's fence, making a precise accurate cut virtually impossible. I knew I needed to somehow raise the table next to the fence. To solve the problem, I first positioned the fence where it needed to be for my cuts.
Next, I lowered the tablesaw blade and used cloth-backed, double-faced tape to firmly adhere a 6"-wide scrap of 1⁄4 " hardboard to the tabletop. With the hardboard mounted, I started the saw and gradually raised the blade through my sacrificial table. As a final measure, I made a job-specific pushblock so I could safely feed the thin brass through the blade. If you have trouble getting the pushblock's heel to hold the edge of the thin material, you can add double-faced tape to the bottom of the pushblock, too. This setup helps me make safe, accurate cuts with thin metals and other laminate materials.
—Donovon Harsch, Regina, Sask.