Zero Clearance Inserts ZCI's

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Project by sgtsprout posted 11-09-2010 03:27 AM 2391 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first project post. I am figureing out one post at a time. So for now since I have photobucket on my phone and it is easy to upload I will start with those projects that happen to be on my phone. So we have Zero Clearance Inserts made a few months ago. Not a whole lot to it. I bought the phenolic material from a woodworking show in Reading, PA. Luckily I bought the risht size thickness for my old Jet CTAS-10 Table Saw. Next task was to cut them down to workable sizes. I did that on the miter saw. I then used the bandsaw to get them close to the pattern using my older insert. What I didn’t do is use a router to cut down actual size and shape. Rather I just used the sander. Next time I will use the router to do so. As for cutting the saw blade into the material that was interesting. my saw blade does not sit down low enough. I shaved out the location with a good ol fashion chisel. Then layed a nice hard wood down over top and clamp the sucker down with clamps and by bess fence. Just slowly brought the blade up little by little, lower every so often. Not sure if I missed much. Oh the threaded inserts I bought at one of the local hardware stores and drilled them in with the drill press. I then threaded them with the threader thingy. And done.


-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 03:57 AM

These look great. The material doesn’t look too different from our kitchen cutting boards. Maybe I’ll look for one the appropriate thickness.

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 04:07 AM

Good job. Now you are ready to put them to good use. I look forward to seeing more. Welcome to LJ’s.

-- Bob K. East Northport, NY

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 06:51 AM

Great looking first project and it looks as if those throat plates are going to be useful in making the next project be that much better and safer ! Welcome to the show and as always ,be safe.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 07:03 AM

Nicely done.

I wonder what the difference between the “phenolic” and the UHMW IS ??

-- -- Neil

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 10:46 AM

Very nice.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 01:36 PM

Thanks all. The last pic by the way is the one that came with the saw when I bought it second hand.

And I said phenolic. But it is probably UHMW. Do I know what the difference is. Ummm Not really. I could regurgitate what I found on-line but I don’t think I would do the material justice. So Nbeener I still wonder too.

Next upgrade is the splitter holes or riving knife. my CTAS-10 has a spot to put a riving knife. Would just have to ut the slot in the ZCI’s.

-- "There are no gains without pains." -Benjamin Franklin

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