When sawing small curved pieces on a bandsaw, cut-off chunks can stick in the throat plate, and force you to shut off the saw to clear them. Reader Robert Erwin has a slick solution: A zero-clearance throat plate made from 1/16-in. thick acrylic ($6 for a 2 x4-ft. sheet at a home center). Trace the metal throat plate on the acrylic with a fine felt-tipped pen, including a line marking the blade slot. With the band saw, first cut the blade slot, then cut out the circular shape staying a little outside the traced line. With a belt or disc sander, trim the acrylic to fit snugly in the saw table.
The acrylic throat plate works great for all jobs when the table is 90 degrees to the blade. When you tilt the table for angled cuts, remove it and use the original throat plate .
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