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Winter 2013-2014

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Friday's Tip for July 19th

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Zero-Clearance Bandsaw Table

I like to cut tenons with my bandsaw, but the little cutoffs tend to fall down in the space by the blade and get in the way or bind the blade. I found a slick fix. Tape a piece of thin cardboard (from something like a manila folder or old cereal box) to the table. The trimmings stay on top of the table and are easily pushed out of the way. 

Earl Hagen

My Take

This is particularly annoying when the offcut sticks in a way that prevents you from pushing stock through. You have to turn off the saw, wait for it to stop, then remove the offending part. Only to have it happen again on the next cut!