Making Glass Stops on the Table Saw

The problem with cutting a thin, narrow piece on the table saw is that it tends to vibrate and you end up with burned edges and blade marks, or it may even snap off. To avoid these problems when I make glass stops, I start with an oversize blank. It’s safer to work with and you end up with smoother pieces.

Glass Stops

The drawing above shows how to set the rip fence and blade height to get four pieces of stop from a single blank. From there, it’s simply a matter of ripping the pieces free from the blank (photo above). To avoid a trapped cut, I set the fence so the glass stop falls away from the blade, and I use a zero clearance insert.

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