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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-12-2016, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
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I am working with small pieces of maple "a first for me" that barely bridge the gap in my fence. Two and a half inches of wool and a one inch gap in the fence. Instead of taking the time to make a hardboard zero clearance profile of my bit I went ahead and made several passes and suffered the consequences of serious tear out. I then smartened up and made the zero profile device. What a difference. I have proved to myself that this technique really works. It's the first time I have worked with hardwood, it's whole different ball game. Oldrusty
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Instead of taking the time to make a hardboard zero clearance profile of my bit I went ahead and made several passes and suffered the consequences of serious tear out.
Lucky thats wall that happend.
Deep Breath....slow down and make it safe :-)
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small part holder...
many other uses too...

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This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Using a push block (a square piece of mdf, ply, particle board, or wood) also reduces or eliminates tearout and will also help keep the work piece more stable.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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The problem wasn't "holding the pieces" as they were six inches long and two and a half across the end grain. I used s large backer board when cutting across the grain and a Grrriper with the grain so my hands were always clear of the bit. The problem was that as hard as I held the piece against the backer board and the fence, the moment it left the right hand fence at the finnish of the cut, it dipped fractionally towards the bit, leaving the protection of the backer board and causing small but annoying tear out. Anyway the hardboard jig solved the problem. Al
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No harm done and you had it figured out in no time.

OK, fess up...which one of you clowns stole my sig? It was right here a second ago.
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....taking the time to make a hardboard zero clearance profile of my bit
Always time well spent...It only has to be a strip of hardboard...

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A lesson for all.

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Right on James. Al
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