A table saw splitter is a very important component for a table saw and it ensures safely while carrying out its operation. It can be extremely dangerous if used without a saw splitter and in severe cases it can also cause death.
The safest way to use a table saw is to use it together with a splitter and a table saw blade guard. The function of the blade guard is to mark a harmless region about the blade, which keeps the user’s fingers in the opposite side of the guard, out of the blade’s way.
The Functions of a Splitter
The most important function of a splitter is to disallow the wood to rotate into the blades during the time when splitting operations are performed. In that process it prevents kickbacks, which can be extremely dangerous. For example, if the specimen gets trapped on top of the spinning blade, it can rush back in the direction of the operator and can cause a lethal accident.
The splitter also prevents the kerf to close at the rear of the blade. Shear bending of the wood can result in the wooden pieces to attach to the blade right after executing a rip cut. This can be another source of accident and the splitter can help prevent it.
The splitters that come along with most of the table saws have a bundle of spring loaded pawls, which enable them to prevent the wood from being expelled back towards the direction of the operator. For simple rip operations, the spring-loaded pawls work really well but when it comes to cross cutting, or any process that needs work to be performed towards the user, it causes some kind of interference.
Make your Own Splitter
Most of the splitters that come along with table saws cause some kind of inconvenience as the splitters they provide are fragile and easily cause the blade guards to come in the way. By a few experiments and a little effort you can customise your own splitter to best suite your needs.
For example, if you feel comfortable with wide splitters, and want to make them as wide as your saw blades, you can make them from construction rulers. You can try with 48-inch aluminium rulers and cut out two splitters out of the ruler.
Followed by this you can drill a hole into the ruler so that it fits the splitter both on the two saws. Then you can shape the splitter to let some space for the blades. The shaping can be done with the aid of a belt sander and the splitter will look something like a knife.
After you are done making your splitter, you should make sure that the top edge of the splitter is the closest to the blade as this makes the operation more convenient. You should also make sure that the splitter should be adjusted so that it aligns properly with the blade.
This can be done by threading the splitter bolt into a bigger bolt so that it can be synchronised in and out. The final thing that can be done is to install anti-kickback from any splitter package, which can further add to the safety of the table saw.