Grizzly zero clearance insert

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Project by FreshSawDust posted 01-16-2012 08:01 PM 4733 views 25 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This saw is becoming fairly popular so I hope this idea is helpful to someone. I refuse to pay $25 for the insert from Grizzly so this was my solution. I wanted an insert with plenty of strength and I also hate re-leveling the insert if I have to change it so this kills two birds with one stone. I used the stock steel insert and drilled some countersunk screw holes in it. I then fitted the piece in pic 2 to where the center was flush with the top of the steel insert. I trimmed it to fit the underside of the plate and made a saw cut just long enough to make room for the riving knife. Install and raise the blade just like any other zero clearance insert. Now to make bevel cuts I just remove 4 screws and pop out the center. Thanks for looking.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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#1 posted 01-16-2012 08:16 PM

Great minds think Alike !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 01-16-2012 08:17 PM

Cool idea!

Another option would be to do this with the dado insert. At least for me, I rarely use my dado setup and that might let you use this insert for angle cuts without having to swap out the wood piece.

Again a very good idea – thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-16-2012 08:18 PM

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#4 posted 01-16-2012 08:32 PM

Great idea! I also have a Grizzly saw and the inserts that came with the saw are junk. In some cases they are almost dangerous. I will have to give this a try.

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 08:34 PM

Excellent idea, thanks for posting. Very timely for me, I want to replace the wooden one I made because it sags when cutting small pieces. Hell, I’d be happy to pay $25 for one, Ridgid wants $80 for theirs ! I think I’ll be making one of these this evening. Thanks again.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 08:41 PM

Interesting take. I made mine entirely out of 3/4” ply….but will have to replace the whole thing when it wears out. The only difficulty I hit was to make room for the splitter….without one…just raise the blade through the insert….but that isn’t going to work with the splitter installed….so you just have to cut a slot in the back of the zero clearance insert…then mount and raise the blade….works great so far…..I also have ones for my box cutter and dado blades.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 08:48 PM

great idea, thanks for sharing !

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#8 posted 01-17-2012 12:38 AM

Necessity is the Mother of invention, great idea!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#9 posted 01-17-2012 12:42 AM

Thanks and Daddyz If I had seen yours I would have done mine sooner!

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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#10 posted 01-17-2012 02:39 AM

That’s a great idea! I have the G0175P and have had trouble fabricating a zero clearance insert because the recess for the insert is so thin on this model.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#11 posted 01-17-2012 04:00 AM

Can you please describe the process you used to make the insert? Not so much the countersinking, but the process for making the wood insert fit perfectly.

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 04:50 AM

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 05:12 AM

Simmons44 I used a straight cutting bit in my router table and once it was close I just moved the fence a little at a time until it fit the slot. I used a rasp to round the corners to fit the radius on the front.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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#14 posted 01-17-2012 07:30 AM

This is just what I needed to see. I’m going to try and make one for my new Ryobi table saw that I bought last week. And like the other LJ’ers here, thanks for sharing.


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#15 posted 01-17-2012 10:17 AM

Great idea, sometimes we just are not to see the forest for the trees

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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