Do I need a zero clearance insert?

Do I need a zero clearance insert?

In simple terms, the zero clearance insert is one of the most important accessories you can buy for your tablesaw. It closes the gap from the metal insert that came with your saw which reduces the possibility of tear-out on your cuts.

What material is zero clearance insert?

Sheet material made from phenolic resin is the current material of choice for woodworking jigs and fixtures of all sorts, and is the perfect material for a zero clearance insert. It lays flat, provides rigid support and wears like iron, but still can be machined using the tool you already have in your shop.

What is a zero clearance saw insert?

A zero-clearance insert minimizes the size of the blade opening. Raising the blade through the specially made insert blank reduces the opening to the exact size of the blade’s kerf. Our inserts for ripping and crosscutting are designed to be used with your saw’s splitter and blade guard.

Can you use a riving knife with a zero clearance insert?

Creating the opening for the blade is pretty straightforward. But making the opening for a riving knife is a little more involved. Make your own zero-clearance inserts. Raise the blade 1″ or so and fit the zero-clearance insert over it and aligned with the factory insert, flush all around.

What is the purpose of a throat plate on a table saw?

Speaker 1: Every table saw has one of these removable throat plates, and these metal or plastic throat plates make it easy to access the blade for blade changes, and they work fairly well for general cutting, but they have an overly wide slot in them to provide enough clearance for the blade to be tipped to an angle.

What is a riving knife for on a table saw?

A riving knife is a flat piece of metal that is mounted just aft of the saw blade. When you push a workpiece through the saw blade, the riving knife is designed to keep the two cut sections of the board from closing up, thus pinching the saw blade and causing dangerous kickback.