Home made splitter
One more. I was sawing some 2 x lumber to get rid or the radius edges and was getting some saw marks as the boards would try and wander away from the fence so I decided I needed a splitter finally. I needed it right away and I'm nowhere close to where I could go buy a Microjig so I needed to improvise. The saw blade I'm using is a thin rim which has a .098" cut. I thought that maybe a machine screw screwed upwards from the bottom of my home made saw insert might do it and I checked a #40 one I had and it was just slightly over that. I figured I could file it a little if need be after I installed it. After marking lines down each side of the saw blade onto the insert I drilled a pilot hole between the lines and installed the screw from the bottom. The screw was a self tapping but if it hadn't been I could have tapped the MDF I used for the insert with a standard threading tap. As it turns out I didn't need to file the sides down after and my boards came off the saw like they had been run across my jointer. The splitter really did make a difference. Cost was zero as I already had the screw and the installation time was maybe 15 or 20 minutes. If I don't need the splitter I just switch it with another insert. One photo shows the installed screw and the other shows the backside of the insert.
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.
Last edited by Cherryville Chuck; 08-06-2020 at 10:43 AM.