I recently got "Table Saw Magic" and boy-oh-boy Jim Tolpin is the Table Saw Yoda!
I have gotten a set of "board buddies" and am making some additonal jigs for the bies.... He is very specific about use of a splitter and the danger of not having one. So, this set off an alarm - I've NEVER had one on any of my saws. My bad? I've never had a kickback, knock on, well, you know... but am wondering how serious an oversight this is.
A merlin splitter for the general is a hundred. Can I use a short length of 1/16 or 3/32 drill rod or make a wooden splitter out of a narrow ripped piece that I insert into the throat plate?
Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.