Dado/zero clearance throat plate for older craftsman 113 saw

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Project by njcraftsman posted 10-17-2019 07:24 PM 542 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picked up an older Craftsman 113.298 saw, that I have done some work to. It had the original throat plate, but no dado plate. The challenge is that it’s the super thin steel one, and I couldn’t find a replacement. I have seen guys use acrylic, but I had visions of the acrylic breaking and sending shrapnel into me. The height to the table top from the recess for the plate is 1/8” on my saw, and I did have some 1/8” ply laying around. Traced around the existing plate, a minute or two spent on the bandsaw, and the oscillating belt sand and Viola. added a full length stiffener from 1/2” ply, and a clip to secure the back of the plate (like the original), and a coat of quick drying laquer, and some johnsons wax, and called it done. Clamped scrap wood over it and raised the dado thru…may not be the prettiest thing ever…but heck it was free AND it works. I don’t know what do you think?

-- " There is no more important rule than to wear these, SAFTEY GLASSES"

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#1 posted 10-17-2019 08:45 PM

Nice job nj’man... With this method you can also make ZCIs for thin kerfed blades (if you use the standard 3.2mm) or vice versa.

One suggestion I would make… in fact insist… is to have you look into Microjig Splitters, if only to give you enhancement inspiration. I’m not spruiking the product (the mongrels won’t pay me) but the concept.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 10-17-2019 11:15 PM

I also have an old old Craftsman I bought new in 1985 (mod. 113. 29?) and I used it for 30+ years, but also have a Delta 5 hp. Unisaw for main work. I made 3-4 different ZCIs for my Craftsman to work with thin kerf, regular kerf, and dado blades. All I use the old saw for now is to make dados and rabbits. I used 1/2” ply for mine, so the top of mine must be thicker than yours, and is solid cast iron. But having extra ZCIs is a good idea to have on hand….!!

-- " The secret to staying young looking.....hang around old people.." R.D.

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#3 posted 10-18-2019 03:08 PM

Thanks Gentlemen! LittleBlackDuck…I was definitely looking at the microjig splitters….also bought the shopfox w1410 fence (also reviewed) so I could add the yellow board buddies. Rick D….I also use my shop’s Pro Cab saw for my work. Picked up the craftsman for free on the side of the road. Hardly used. Have a soft spot for the older 113 saws, as I grew up watching My Dad, Uncles, and Grand father use them. Stupidly let my old 70’s vintage cast iron top saw go when I went into biz a decade ago. Always regretted it. This one has an old school cast aluminum top…but hey it was free!! It will probably just get used for Dado’s and the like also. Fun having a little project to work on also, and it’s cool having one in the shop again.

-- " There is no more important rule than to wear these, SAFTEY GLASSES"

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#4 posted 10-18-2019 04:43 PM

edit: that clip in the back looks great. i have a cman113 and i went with a 1/8” hardboard insert. works good, but i don’t have it secured to the back.

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