|Magnetic Stop Block
When cross-cutting short pieces to
the same length, I like to clamp a stop block to the rip fence of my table saw.
This block provides clearance between the rip fence and the saw blade so the
cut-off pieces don't get trapped (and kick back).
But recently, I came
up with an idea that avoids the hassle of fiddling around with clamps. Instead
I use a magnetic stop block. It's just a hardwood block with a pair of small
magnetic catches inserted into one edge, see drawing. Note: If the face of your
rip fence is wood or aluminum, simply put the magnetic catches in the bottom
face of the stop block.