Tips & Tricks: Restoring throat plates

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This article is from Issue 108 of Woodcraft Magazine

Over time, the opening in my stock table saw throat plate became ragged. To restore it to true zero-clearance (ZC) performance I packed the underside with auto body filler, clamping a scrap of plywood covered with packing tape to seal the opening. After the filler dried, I placed the insert into my saw’s throat opening and clamped it with my rip fence, being sure the fence was clear of the blade. Then, I slowly raised the spinning blade through the filler to create a new ZC opening. A call to SawStop ahead of time confirmed that Bondo brand filler contains no metal and will not interfere with the saw’s electronic safety features.

—Charles Mak, Calgary, Alberta, CA


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