Make SAFER, cleaner table saw cuts with this splitter/throat insert

Make SAFER, cleaner table saw cuts with this splitter/throat insert


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  1. Chris P. on January 4, 2023 at 2:05 am

    How would you make a zero clearance plate for an older jobsite saw that came with a half of an insert plate?

  2. Aaron Elliott on January 4, 2023 at 2:05 am

    Here’s what I don’t get: every woodworker who uses a table saw NEEDS a zero clearance insert. So when are table saw manufacturers going to get wise to this and start selling them? Accessories are a great revenue source guys.

  3. grosbeakmc on January 4, 2023 at 2:06 am

    Hey James, thanks for the excellent video.

  4. SquirrelsForAll on January 4, 2023 at 2:08 am

    Great video, thank you for posting. I’ll start constructing one of these as soon as my finger heals up from a very nasty kick-back due to no riving knife. After 30 years of working with saws, well, I finally got a bit. My fault, but I’m fortunate it wasn’t worse. 🙂

  5. stradicfanatic on January 4, 2023 at 2:12 am

    I plan on making one of these but I don’t understand why you need to make a new splitter instead of using the one already behind the saw blade? (I’m new to woodworking)

  6. Eddie Rowe on January 4, 2023 at 2:13 am

    "protuberances" +1

  7. Cary Kern on January 4, 2023 at 2:14 am

    Excellent…love the hot glue shims.

  8. Steve on January 4, 2023 at 2:14 am

    Hi at 3.43 minutes you use a small square I think it is can I ask where you can get them or what they are called cheers steve p.s. great videos

  9. Joseph Romero on January 4, 2023 at 2:15 am

    I found an older delta contractor saw to replace my little Ryobi but the delta has a splitter unlike the riving knife my Ryobi has it’s fixed – so do I want to leave blade up all the way for all cuts to close the gap? I know the delta is a much nicer higher made in the USA quality but seems the Ryobi may be safer as I can lower blade and still have use of riving knife

  10. ShakespeareCafe on January 4, 2023 at 2:16 am

    Reminds me of the guy who took the guard off his framing saw…cut off both both his legs with it and couldn’t sue anyone cause he didn’t have a leg to stand on in court

  11. Robert Ray on January 4, 2023 at 2:16 am

    Great video

  12. John Anthony on January 4, 2023 at 2:16 am

    I have plans to make zero clearance insert so this vid fits in nicely. Saw has no splitter knife. It came with one on the guard and yes it sucks and is on a shelf somewhere. Putting that baby in the insert is perfect. Thank you.

  13. ZOZO on January 4, 2023 at 2:17 am

    I loved the hot glue trick. However, the same paste wax you used did not work for me. Perhaps because I’m in a hotter climate, but it just stuck to the metal and I had to scrape it off. Petroleum jelly worked great though.

  14. Tim Sharr on January 4, 2023 at 2:18 am

    This video was so informative !!! Splitter ideas are excellent.

  15. J Armstrong on January 4, 2023 at 2:18 am

    This is a very useful video. It is of very good help. Several weeks ago I had a very bad kickback while using my table saw. I got hit in the right arm by a flying piece of wood and sustained an injury. The event scared the bejesus out of me and triggered PTSD from my days in Vietnam where I came close to buying it. Since the kickback, I have had flashbacks not only about those events over 50 years ago, but also about the kickback. Before the kickback I was ok for decades. It is funny how an event years later can trigger unpleasant memories. Now I m afraid to use the saw, but this video tells me where I may have gone wrong. So for now, I use my bandsaw to make cuts.

    My table saw is an old 10” Ridgid TS3650. It never came with a riving knife and the splitter and guard are a pain in the backside to use since it would never line up with the blade and wood would bind up on the splitter. So I didn’t use it.

    Now I know there is a way to make a new blade insert and incorporate a splitter in its design to prevent kickbacks. Thanks for the great idea! Hopefully I can get back to doing wood work without having fear run through my mind.

  16. Jason Terhune on January 4, 2023 at 2:19 am

    Good afternoon, I always appreciate your videos and I love the teaching aspect. I also appreciate that you respond to all the comments and that you read all the comments and pay attention..
    My question today is that I am picking up a powermatic 66.
    It is obviously an old school machine and will not have a proper arriving knife or splitter.
    I am looking at using the MJ splitter as you have shown in your videos previously. I just wanted to see if you knew of anything that would be a better fit for the powermatic 66.

  17. Huy Tran on January 4, 2023 at 2:20 am

    I just changed blades and needed a splitter. Custom splitter is $60, so this seems cost effective, if lumber prices weren’t insane right now.

  18. Makeshift Frank on January 4, 2023 at 2:20 am

    I’ve never seen anyone add splitters like that to zero clearance inserts. That’s a really good idea

  19. Rob Ducharme on January 4, 2023 at 2:22 am

    This just made my saw more relevant again. It doesn’t have a splitter but I was not too worried about it kicking back because I’ve found it stalls out if it binds too much. BUT, ripping a 2×4 down the middle, if it’s long enough, sometimes forces me to jam a flat head screwdriver into the cut side as I feed it through, to make sure it doesn’t stall out the saw. THIS video shows me what I need to do with this saw!

  20. Dan Razzell on January 4, 2023 at 2:22 am

    This is a particularly good video, among a series of excellent ones. That’s due to a combination of factors: an important and valuable topic that doesn’t get much treatment, a very thoughtfully scripted presentation, and then – I don’t quite know how to describe it – a kind of happiness and contentment that really shines through.

    There’s never a moment wasted in these videos, and that’s something else I especially value about them. You manage to resist the temptation we all face: to build toward a dramatic reveal or punchline at the expense of slightly, unconsciously, neglecting the rest of the presentation. When you treat every moment as valuable, there’s more total payload of information, and I for one can really feel the difference.

  21. Bill Honnold on January 4, 2023 at 2:25 am

    Your videos are very well done and full of great ideas. Thank you.

  22. Chee Chi Memes on January 4, 2023 at 2:26 am

    i usually just raise the blade into the new insert just put fence on top of one side to hold it down and use a little board or wood bar to hold down left of insert and just raise the blade to make the gap , cutting it though may create chatter on insert

  23. PapaJoe55 on January 4, 2023 at 2:26 am

    Work for Rocklers. I recommend your great channel several times a week. Keep up the outstanding, no-nonsense content. Love it!

  24. orcasea59 on January 4, 2023 at 2:29 am

    You just saved me $35, thanks, Stumpy!!

  25. Jim Sweatt on January 4, 2023 at 2:30 am

    Great video. Very informative. Thank you!

  26. Travis VanDoninck on January 4, 2023 at 2:34 am

    That’s a great idea.. but I dunno about eh.. eh? Lol

  27. Lucas Zaborowski on January 4, 2023 at 2:37 am

    I like. Skunks

  28. King Alysterian Lion on January 4, 2023 at 2:38 am

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  29. Off Da Grid on January 4, 2023 at 2:38 am

    Centre measuring ruler, another thing I didn’t know existed, I’ve so needed one of these.
    Love your channel but it’s costing me money for the accessories I’ve not known existed and want to improve my wood working.

  30. toto toto on January 4, 2023 at 2:41 am

    Hello, I just wonder why not make the last part of the slit larger to get some room for the metal original splitter?

  31. RobMacKendrick on January 4, 2023 at 2:41 am

    Boy, did I get hurt by a saw without a knife! I won’t even plug a saw in that doesn’t have one now.

  32. Dave C on January 4, 2023 at 2:41 am

    At 7:30 your demonstration using hot glue instead of adjustable screws is a real time saver and worked perfectly for me.

  33. boomerangfreak on January 4, 2023 at 2:43 am

    I’ll have to make one of these for my new Dewalt saw. The standard throat insert just doesn’t seem all that great and I can’t get it adjusted flush with the top.

    But couldn’t I just use my normal riving knife/blade guard when using this insert? All I can is that your splitter is thicker than my riving knife.

  34. Timothy Daniels on January 4, 2023 at 2:43 am

    Another winner James! Thank you.

  35. Olly H on January 4, 2023 at 2:45 am

    Question: is there anything stopping you from using the riving knife that comes with the saw instead of making a hardwood splitter?

  36. Ryan Anthony on January 4, 2023 at 2:46 am

    U had me at "pertuberences"….😂😂

  37. Kenneth Cole on January 4, 2023 at 2:48 am

    Excellent. Just what I was looking for. Thank you.

  38. Steve Robinson on January 4, 2023 at 2:49 am

    Thanks so much for these very helpful videos. As a veteran woodworker, I can really relate to the problems caused by compacency! On one occasion, I actually stuck my finger into a blade that was turning at full force. Of course, I had removed the blade guard….Duh! Fortunately, I was able to extract my finger intact and only got a few stitches at the ER and a lecture from both the doctor and my wife! I wholeheartely support your approaches to safety. That saw is probably the most dangerous tool in the shop and needs to be treated with much respect. The guard went right back on!! Thanks again!

  39. Djslick2424 on January 4, 2023 at 2:50 am

    Does it matter what type of wood is used for the insert? 🤔

  40. karl alton on January 4, 2023 at 2:50 am

    Great video mate just what i needed to know 😁😁👍👍

  41. Joseph Romero on January 4, 2023 at 2:51 am

    Would MDF work okay?

  42. TheTrock121 on January 4, 2023 at 2:51 am

    I made an insert the same size as my factory insert and used a hack saw blade to act as a side spring. The next time, I may try this way.

  43. Bowfinger on January 4, 2023 at 2:52 am

    To me this is the most valuable episode I have seen to date. thanks

  44. Woodworking and Epoxy on January 4, 2023 at 2:54 am

    I really need a better table saw. Mine has aluminum plates and the saw blade "insert" goes the full length of the table. I’ll never understand why they designed it this way considering it’s a newer model and every other table saw has an actual insert

  45. D.Edward Rice on January 4, 2023 at 2:54 am

    Thank you for this. I find most of the "tips for…) videos to be interesting but not necessarily useful. This one is one’s different. I’ve been tuning up my old Makita table saw and rolling ideas around in my head for doing this very thing. You’ve provided me with my answer.

  46. Omid Bahramzadegan on January 4, 2023 at 2:56 am

    the idea of using hot glue gun was ingenious!

  47. David L on January 4, 2023 at 2:58 am

    You don’t seem to be using fingerboards on cuts that seem to need them…

  48. Grant Bailey on January 4, 2023 at 3:00 am

    This is so practical and helpful. There are a million videos on table saw inserts already, but you managed to make this one both innovative and remarkably simple amongst the crowd. Nice job James. I will definitely make a few of these.

  49. Soma Samsara on January 4, 2023 at 3:00 am

    For vertical cuts better use the band saw, is too danger cut this pieces in tablesaw

  50. Pat Maundrell on January 4, 2023 at 3:02 am

    I’ve got a SS, Contractor’s Model, bought it used, great Saw. The Blade Insert is the only area on the Saw that is both great and at the same time, IMHO could use a little attention. I say this but the facts don’t support this idea. I’ve never seen a Professional Woodworker that has modifies his SS Blade Insert, so it must be Ok!
    Here the Deal. Most people buy the SS because of the their "Safety Features" as well as their overall quality! The LAST THING you want to do is MODIFY a manufacture’s product, in such away, that it can jeopardize those very same features that you hold important to your safety! This is never a Good Policy! Should an accident happen, you would be out of luck, and rightly so.