1/16 in thick zero clearance insert for table saw

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Forum topic by worl4125 posted 05-18-2021 08:57 PM 262 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-18-2021 08:57 PM

So I bought a Craftsman Evolv 10in table saw a while back and I’m tried to make some zero clearance inserts for this thing a couple of times now. The problem is that the space for the insert to sit down in (not to mention the original insert that came with the saw) is only 1/16 of an inch thick. It just doesn’t seem to be enough material to hold the insert in place. Not to mention that ripping and sanding wood boards down to that thickness is a real pain.

I’ve tried looking for an aftermarket insert for the saw, but there doesn’t appear to be anything out for this particular model.

Would anybody have any ideas on how I might make inserts of this thickness?

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#1 posted 05-18-2021 09:26 PM

I made some for a similar c-man saw that had one of those thin rectangular inserts. First, I made one that fit the opening out of tempered hardboard. From there, I added support pieces on the bottom side, as otherwise it would just be way to flimsy to be any good. With a couple of ‘ribs’, it was pretty solid and worked well enough.

I’ve also seen people take thicker stock and route (or use a dado stack) to take away enough material around the edge where it mounts.


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#2 posted 05-19-2021 12:01 AM

So I have a Ridgid R4512. It too comes with a very thin metal throat plate.
I ended up with leecraft plates. But the links below show homemade plates for my saw.
I think the 1st one was a bit of a tutorial on how he made it.
I did not re read the post. Just had them saved in my favorites.
Maybe they can help you build your own.

Good luck.

-- John

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