strips into a bent lamination. I youhave to cut extra-thick strips andthen plane or sand them smooth, your bent lamination may not end uplooking like a single piece o wood. The glue line rip blade ensures that the only material you “lose” is thethickness o the saw ker.
The thin-ker blade shownon page 1 can also result in less waste. With a thickness o
", youget one extra thin strip or every our you cut (or
"-thick strips). This cansave you a air amount o material i you have a lot o thin strips to cut.
Regardless o the saw blade you decide to use, you’ll want to installa zero-clearance insert with a built-insplitter. The one I use is shown in thebox below. Besides preventing thethin strips rom alling between theinsert and blade, the added splitter keeps the strips rom pinching thesaw blade and kicking back.
setting up for the cut
With your saw blade and new insert installed, you’re just about ready to start cutting strips. But toget the best results, it’s a good idea to make sure the saw is tuned up. And this is just a matter o checkinga couple key settings.
square the blade.
The rst thing totake a look at is the blade angle. You want to make sure the saw blade isset at a perect 90° angle to the table(photo above). The reason or this issimple. A slight tilt to the blade willresult in a strip that’s thinner alongone edge than the other. This cancause problems i you glue up a set o strips like this or a bent lamination.
The other setting you’ll want to check has to do with the ripence. I the ence isn’t parallel to thesaw blade, you’ll get blade marksand burned edges as well as anincreased risk o kickback. A simpledial indicator makes quick work o ensuring your rip ence is set right (photo above). With the saw set up, you’re ready to turn the page andstart ripping thin strips with ease.
Set the Blade to 90˚.
A drafting triangle makes it a snap to squarethe saw blade to the table.
ZERO-CLEARANCE INSERT & SPLITTER
Cut-off screw forms pin to lock insert in place Hardwood splitter prevents workpiece from binding Paint top for easy visibility
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A zero-clearance insert witha splitter is one o the bigkeys to successully rippingthin strips. The insert pre- vents a strip rom gettingtrapped between the bladeand the opening. And thesplitter keeps the strip rombinding on the blade. To make a new insert or your table saw, you’ll needto start with a blank that matches the thickness o your stock insert. (Note: I the material is thinner, youcan add screws to the bottomso you can adjust it perectly fush with the saw table.) Ater tracing the outlineo the original insert on theblank, cut away most o the waste (Figure 1). Then usea fush-trim bit in the router table to create an identicalinsert (Figure 1a).Ripping a slot in the new insert is just a matter o align-ing the ence with the edge o the original insert and mak-ing a stopped cut (Figure 2).Finally, cut a hardwoodsplitter to size, sand one endto a point, and glue it into theker with the point acing theblade (photo at right).