|Zero Clearance Throat Plate Disaster|
I know now how it happened and what to do to prevent it from ever happening again but I'm now left with a leg with a chunk out of it. Besides having spent lots of time selecting the grain and cutting the mortises there isn't any more of the Sapele to make another leg. What happened is the tapered end of the off cut got caught between the blade even though there was a zero clearance plate. It jammed and stopped the 3 horsepower motor as if I had a SawStop! That's never happened before but I see that it can be prevented if I reverse the leg to start the cut near the top of the leg rather than the bottom. This way it'll end the cut with the thickest part of the taper which shouldn't have any possibility of wedging itself between the blade and the throat plate when it drops down.
Don't know how many times I'd tell my students that the difference between a good woodworker and one that's not so good is that the good one has learned how to hide his or her mistakes. Guess it's time to see if I can practice what I preach! My first instinct was to cut a new leg, couple of problems with that scenerio. First of all, I'm out of wood and secondly, even if I could get another piece of 8/4 Sapele that chances of it matching the coloration and grain pattern would be pretty remote. Here's my Plan B.
Here's the raw damage after removing some of the splintering:
|Ouch, Right on the Corner of the Leg|
The first step was to clean up the nasty gash caused by the jam.
|The Damage, Epoxy, & Sawdust|
After it dried thoroughly the resulting patch was planed smooth.