Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'zci'

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Getting into Woodworking #1: Table Saw Upgrades

01-07-2018 02:16 AM by Steve | 5 comments »

Since I’ve finally started to get a little more active into woodworking, I felt it was time to make a new insert for my TS. I picked up a 2’x4’ piece of 1/8 hardboard and traced the outline of the factory insert. I cut out the curves and sanded it until it fit. I thought it turned out really well. I have another blank that I’m going to use for a dado blade if I ever buy one.

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Making Ridgid R4512 inserts

03-09-2016 03:22 AM by Kelly | 2 comments »

I recently went out purchased a Ridgid R4512 table saw and needed some zero clearance inserts (ZCI), but at $30+ an insert I decided to take a crack at making some. Anyone who has this saw knows that these inserts are a little tricky as there are a number of small pockets where the leveling screws rest and the insert must be cut out to accommodate them. Also, there is a slight bevel just inside of the throat so the insert has to have a very thin lip around it. As I started looking...

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Dave's Workshop #5: ZCI for My Benchtop Tablesaw

11-03-2014 10:01 PM by Dave Rutan | 4 comments »

Because my table saw has one of those thin metal blade inserts, I’ve been thinking for quite a while how to make a zero clearance insert for my saw. I cut quite a few small or thin items and often, as might be expected, the thin cuttings fall down the slot between the insert and the blade. Only once did this actually result in something a bit startling, but I wanted to remedy the situation in any case. At one time, I tried making a ZCI by dadoeing around a hunk of wood so that ...

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The Basement #42: Building ZCI's with a homemade pin router for the '113 TS

05-21-2014 10:07 PM by JL7 | 14 comments »

This has been on the list for awhile now. I’ve built ZCI’s in the past from Oak and Masonite but overtime they have issues. I got my hands on a Leecraft ZCI for my Craftsman 113 TS and was blown away at how nice it was. So all the design credit here goes to Leecraft, here’s a picture: The Leecraft doesn’t use the front hold down screw that comes standard on this saw, rather, they use 2 horizontal screws (one in front and one on the right side). You tweak...

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Season of shop upgrades #4: Zero Clearance Inserts

02-16-2014 10:43 AM by nonenone | 2 comments »

Who’s Bright Idea Was This AnywaysI have the Rigid R4512 table saw, which is perfect for my small shop and mobility needs for storage when not in use. The only complaint I have about the saw is that the stamped metal throat insert is only 1/8” thick, which makes it difficult to produce shop made inserts for zero-clearance. Why so thin??? I have seen several people on the web creating inserts out of wood based on the intricate pattern of the after marked phenolic inserts, but was co...

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Season of shop upgrades #3: Cross Cut Sled

02-16-2014 10:38 AM by nonenone | 6 comments »

Another Table Saw UpgradeA quality cross cut sled has been on my to-do list for some time. I have seen many plans in the magazines over the years but have never built one. Now that I have finished my first cross cut sled, I don’t know how I got along without it. Desired Cross Cut Sled Features 1) I wanted a sled that would handle 24” wide panels.2) needs a dedicated easy to adjust stop block for repeat cuts.3) needs to accommodate zero-clearance on both the bottom and front fence to pr...

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Jigs and Such #4: True ZCI for my Table Saw

02-17-2013 07:47 PM by Chris Moellering | 2 comments »

I had previously made a proof-of-concept semi-zero-clearance-insert for my table saw. (Yes, partial-zero-clearance makes about much sense as partial zero-emission which I have seen on several vehicles lately. Seriously? My car is zero-emission most of the time, because it’s not running…but I digress.) The other day I decided to get down to doing a “real one.” Same basic method as the previous one. I finally concurred the cut-through by using a smaller blade from my ...

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Jigs and Such #1: PCB220TS Zero Clearance Insert

12-26-2012 08:16 PM by Chris Moellering | 2 comments »

I picked up my first-ever table saw about three months ago, a Porter-Cable 220 Job site saw. (review) I have been quite happy with it, but it does have a few drawbacks. Probably the biggest, and most often-noted is the funky metal insert next to the blade. This design does not allow for standard zero-clearance inserts to be used, and no one makes one for this saw. Having got some cash from Santa, I have my eye on a dado blade set, but only if I can make an insert to work well wit...

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shop bench with lots of storage #2: progress on the drawers

06-04-2012 11:05 PM by Mainiac Matt | 4 comments »

It starts with a plan… I know their not super sophisticated, but with a few 1” pin nails to help reinforce the glue joint, they feel pretty solid. I’ve had this stack dado for a while now, but haven’t had need of it till now…so I had to make an auxillary fence and a ZCI Here’s the set up for cutting the lap joints first lap joint gluing up the drawers… I really need to get some more clamps…. I like using the paper t...

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ZCI for vintage Craftsman 113.298341 #1: Time to replace the first go at it.

09-19-2011 06:47 AM by rweitz | 2 comments »

I have an old Craftsman with a funky insert. It’s aluminum ( I used to think steel) about 3/32” thick and “D” shaped. I have not found any one anywhere that makes a compatible insert that I can buy. The lip on the insert is so thin that conventional insert instructions just won’t hack it. I took some acrylic and made an attempt at a ZCI: and it worked for a while but was a bear to make. The acrylic is starting to crack and I’ve hacked away some of the...

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