Delta 36-725 dado insert

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Project by Mumbly posted 02-16-2019 08:15 PM 801 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This “simple” has been dragging on for way too long, but I have a project Ive started and need to finish this one.

I started out digging through the wood pile and I found a piece of quarter dawn oak, 3/4” thick. I roughed our the shape on the table saw…. then I put the project down as winter was approaching and I had to finish up Christmas presents first.

After Christmas presents were done, I took a little time to dissect were to go next, so I took the factory insert screwed it upside down to the new insert, I then used my router table and a flush trim bit to cut it to the same shape and size to the factory. After that, I removed the screw and factory insert. Using a Forstner bit and the screw holes I drilled out the recesses for the leveling screws.

Fast forward several more weeks, I got back to my router table to cut out recess for the little itty bitty ledge on the table saw. After that it was a little bit of free hand shaping using the router.

I purposely left a little extra in the top side, so After all that I took the “finished” insert back through the planer to get the perfect fit.

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#1 posted 02-16-2019 08:55 PM

Nice job.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#2 posted 02-16-2019 09:05 PM

Should work well.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 02-18-2019 04:53 AM

Looks a lot nicer than my Baltic birch ones. If you’ve got a dado set, might as well make a couple for that too.

BTW, you might want to screw a clip like the stock insert has that keeps it from pivoting down in the front if you press down in front of the leveling screws. I simply cut a quarter inch strip of aluminum and screwed it to the bottom that slides under the table int the back.

If you haven’t seen it already, checkout Lunberjock thetinman’s ZCI that fits into the stock plate. It’s a pretty cool approach that I’ve been wanting to try.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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