Well....I decided I wanted a shorty Riving Knife, for my new Ridgid saw. The advantage to the short knife, is although you sacrifice a little bit of safety, not covering the top of the blade, you don't have to totally remove the thing when making a non through cut. This insures I won't get lazy, and not reinstall the splitter for a quick cut, if I never take it off in the first place.
I found a PDF file of a pattern here
on the Ridgid forums, and started trying to find a piece of metal to make it out of.
I scrounged, and scrounged around my shop, but every thing I could find was either too flimsy, or too thick. A buddy who works at a machine shop had told me he'd find me a piece of aluminum plate, but he ain't come through, and I hate to bug him.
While rambling around the shop today, trying to find something, I asked myself. "What do I have laying around, that's about the thickness of a saw blade?"
Then I had an epiphany! Why not cut it out of an old saw blade? I knew there was a reason why I never throw anything away.
I dug out an old Craftsman blade, that was long dull, and not worth sharpening, and traced the pattern on with a sharpie. Then I got out my Ziz-wheel, and went to chopping. After I got it shaped, I cleaned it up and tapered the leading edge with a file.
I sanded it clean, and painted it brown. Why brown? Cause that's what color spray paint I had on hand.
Anyway...it didn't take that long to make, and I'm well pleased with the results.
Here's a few pics.