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Forum topic by Kevin posted 06-27-2019 01:43 PM 691 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-27-2019 01:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: table saw splitter table saw splitter

Hello all,

I seem to be having a hard time finding someone local to cut out a TS splitter for me. I have created the design in google sketchup already and test fitted the splitter from a piece of cardboard cut to size/shape. The splitter needs to be between .095 – .105 thick for my blades I have.

I would normally do this myself, but I really do not have the tools for metal work. Does anyone know of an online company or give some other suggestions on how I could get this cut?

Here is what the splitter looks like. I would also bevel the front edge so the wood would slide easier at the beginning of the pass.

I took my original guard from the TS and cut it with a hacksaw and while it does the job there is way too much gap between the splitter and the blade.

Thanks!

-- Williamsburg, KY


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GR8HUNTER

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#1 posted 06-27-2019 01:45 PM

my suggestion is look at Shark Guard :<))))

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#2 posted 06-27-2019 01:53 PM

I’ve looked at Shark Guard in the past and the little micro jig slitters as well. If I could see what the splitters looked like for my saw it would be helpful. I have an older Grizzly 1023SL which does not have the riving knife, but the guard.

Ty!

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#3 posted 06-27-2019 02:33 PM

I think this is one of those times where you need to enhance your metal working ability. An electric hand jig saw with a metal cutting blade should do the trick. I would sandwich the metal sheet between two thin pieces of plywood to reduce vibration and warping. Tape together and clamp to a bench with only a small portion sticking out over the floor, and cut away. Reposition after doing the cut. Should take 15 minutes or so…and cost almost nothing, unless you don’t have a jig saw. If you don’t have a jig saw, its time to buy one.

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#4 posted 06-27-2019 02:38 PM

Sark,

I do have a couple jig saws and I did try to use an old Bosch 12” TS blade to make the splitter out of, but it would just vibrate so much I got frustrated with it. My thoughts were the same, I have stuff on hand so why not try to make my own and the plus side is it would be free. I did not think about sandwiching the metal, I might give this a try.

Ty!

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#5 posted 06-27-2019 02:46 PM

Kevin:

Just checked Google maps. Wow. Your remote location definitely makes local sources challenging.
Have you asked your local metal supplier(s) (like Croley), if they have profile cutter, or know some one in area that does? Might find cutting/stamping tool for job at custom car shop, HVAC sheet metal supplier, metal building/roofing contractor, or anyone that does commercial welding/fabrication.

Speaking of welding, production CNC plasma cutters will use inert compressed gas for exotic metals, local welding gas suppler should also know if you have cnc plasma machines in area.

If none of you local sources can help, you have three metalsupermarkets.com locations nearby in Lexington, Louisville, and Knoxville. While not close to home, most have CNC cutting capability. They won’t be cheapest source, but they can do work. They also offer free online quotes, so send them CAD file and ask for price.

Best Luck.

-- I'm an engineer not a woodworker, but I can randomly find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!

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#6 posted 06-27-2019 03:08 PM

Hi CaptainKlutz,

You are correct on the sources. Lexington is not too far way, I am more familiar with it than Knoxville. I might have a couple of sources I can use, however one of them does have a plasma cutter, but it is freehand and he needs the template to be 1/4 less all around because of his tip size seems like. I have access to a couple of CNC machines at Stidhams where I used to work, but I doubt they can do metal since it’s a custom cabinet shop.

Ty!

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#7 posted 06-27-2019 03:23 PM



Sark,

I do have a couple jig saws and I did try to use an old Bosch 12” TS blade to make the splitter out of, but it would just vibrate so much I got frustrated with it. My thoughts were the same, I have stuff on hand so why not try to make my own and the plus side is it would be free. I did not think about sandwiching the metal, I might give this a try.

Ty!

- Kevin

Another option is a metal blade for a skill saw. You will just have a little file work with your design

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Kevin

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#8 posted 06-27-2019 03:31 PM

Did not think about that Don. Could always rough it out and use the bench top grinder to smooth it up. TY for the idea.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#9 posted 06-27-2019 06:01 PM



I ve looked at Shark Guard in the past and the little micro jig slitters as well. If I could see what the splitters looked like for my saw it would be helpful. I have an older Grizzly 1023SL which does not have the riving knife, but the guard.

Ty!

- Kevin


i have an older saw without a riving knife so i use the micro jig splitters,they work great and are easily removed when not needed.

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Kevin

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#10 posted 06-27-2019 06:07 PM

I’ve looked a lot at those recently and almost got them. I emailed a friend I used to work with and he knows 2 guys who have cnc plasma’s.

Ty!

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#11 posted 06-27-2019 06:31 PM

Have you contacted Lee at Shark Guard. Maybe he can cut it for you is you sent him the measurements. He is a great guy to deal with.

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#12 posted 06-27-2019 06:38 PM

I emailed him earlier this morning. He was really nice and helpful with the questions I had. He sells some splitters also for the TS I have, but there is just too much distance between the splitter and the blade for me. I was interested in the riving knife he sells however, but I need to see exactly what has to come off my TS since there will be a new mount I assume. Something I will probably look at in the future though is the riving knife.

Ty!

-- Williamsburg, KY

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#13 posted 06-27-2019 06:42 PM

I made one for my 1940 Unisaw out of aluminum 0.100” thick. Aluminum is easy to cut with a jigsaw.

-- Daniel

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#14 posted 06-27-2019 06:46 PM

Brawler,

I was using an old Bosch 12” TS blade and I did not get too far until it started vibrating/jumping even though it was clamped down. The 0.100 is the sweet spot for the thickness I need too.

Ty!

-- Williamsburg, KY

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Sark

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#15 posted 06-27-2019 08:18 PM

Yep, the sheet metal must be clamped between plywood. How thick? The thicker the better, but the slower the cut. 1/2” ply should work. But, a fine tooth jig saw blade will tend to burn the plywood on the radiused cuts and will get dull pretty fast. You will be cutting through 1” of plywood plus the metal. Have a bunch extra blades on hand. A better approach, if you have the equipment, is to buy a metal cutting blade for your bandsaw. You still need to sandwich the steel, but the bandsaw only pulls in one direction, the cut is supported, and it would be very smooth.

Also, I used the micro splitters and they worked well. But not near as nice as a riving knife.

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