In Tricks of the Trade

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Trimming small parts on a table saw using a miter gauge can be a little nerve wracking. In order to trim small parts safely, I mounted a handscrew to a piece of plywood.

First I trimmed the plywood on the table saw so that the two long edges were exactly parallel. Then I gripped a try square in the hand screw, and clamped it perfectly square to one edge of the plywood using a second handscrew. Then I screwed the front jaw to the plywood.

I mounted a piece of clear acrylic on top to prevent cutoffs from flying upward, and the zero clearance throat plate keeps small cutoffs from getting stuck. -Jay McClellan

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