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I make Turtle planters where the bodies are oval octagons built up in layers,The plans call for chamfers on the edges to provide a contour. I've cut parts by running them against the fence but not comfortable doing it that way because of the limited contact area. Because I have three to make, I took some time and came with a fixture to hold the parts. It works so well that I'm going to clean it up a little and save it to use in the future. The fixture holds the parts securely and the clamps work out well as a handle - because the t-track is off-center, I can use one side for narrower parts and the other for wider ones.
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Tom this is an excellent post , thank you ! A lot of incidents where people were badly hurt was from working with small pieces . This is a must have for me
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first in my opinon you are using a right tilt table saw, and you should move your fence to the left of blade ( your trapping your cutoffs causing them to kick back at you ) if do this you should just be able to use a push block with no hold downs much safer.

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first in my opinon you are using a right tilt table saw, and you should move your fence to the left of blade ( your trapping your cutoffs causing them to kick back at you ) if do this you should just be able to use a push block with no hold downs much safer.
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Hi Tomp,
That is really really beautiful Turtle planters i haven't seen it before . Great Job .
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first in my opinon you are using a right tilt table saw, and you should move your fence to the left of blade ( your trapping your cutoffs causing them to kick back at you ) if do this you should just be able to use a push block with no hold downs much safer.
Cutting these parts is the only time I've used the saw to cut a bevel, I wasn't aware that the cut should be done on the left side of the blade. This is the third turtle I've built, and I've never had a problem with kick-back doing it like this, but I'll modify my fixture so I can cut to the left for the next ones. The smallest pieces are going to be a problem - 1-1/2" square with a 3/4" chamfer on the edge - but I may look at ripping a long piece and then cutting to length afterwards. I'm currently ripping a piece of 2x to width and then cutting the pieces on the miter saw, flipping the piece over after every cut to use minimal material and not wind up with a pile of little triangular cutoffs.

Thanks for pointing this out, I don't want to be doing something that isn't safe.
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That is really really beautiful Turtle planters i haven't seen it before . Great Job .
Thanks, I use these plans and make some modifications https://www.thewinfieldcollection.co...dworking_plans The body is made of layers, and the plans call for assembling using a band clamp - I don't want to wait for the glue to dry so I use a pocket hole screw at the joint to hold it while the glue dries - except for the smaller (top) ring which is too small so I wind up clamping it.
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I second the motion to bevel while long and then cut to size...
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I'm looking at Tom's picture and trying to figure out just what "offcut" you guys are talking about(?).
The only offcut that is produced is to the LEFT of the blade and above it; trapped how?
The clamped piece isn't even touching the fence, although the clamping jig is...but not touching the blade.
It can certainly come back but it can't rise up (because of the cant of the blade).
I'm going to be perverse here and come down on Tom's original plan.
I'll go stand in the corner now...
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