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Video: Leecraft HT-1 Zero Clearance Insert Plate for PCB270TS

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Blog entry by JSB posted 01-12-2013 04:32 PM 1968 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

FINALLY!!!

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com



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Roger

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#1 posted 01-12-2013 07:13 PM

Hey Jay. That’s kool, but, at 24bux a pop is ruff to take. You could make your own for much less. Here is one of the many, many ways to do it: http://www.shopnotes.com/issues/90/videos/making-a-zero-clearance-insert/

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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JSB

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#2 posted 01-12-2013 08:41 PM

Roger, I agree 24 bucks is hard to swallow but not all plates are created equal. Most saws in this range do not have a good plate setup. There is a lot of junk in the way stopping you from making a simple insert like most saws have. The stock insert is only 1/8” thick with 4 resting points, the arbor is in the way, and there is a tiny lip that runs around most of the insert. Google this particular saw and you will not find any easy way to make a traditional insert. I would much rather make a simple 1/2” insert that simply sits in place but its nearly impossible with this saw.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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NiteWalker

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 02:40 AM

Nice job. I’m glad you took care of the issue PC built into this saw.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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LoydMoore

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#4 posted 02-27-2013 02:36 PM

I have ten made from Baltic Birch. Lot’s of mill work but making ten at a time makes it a little easier. Since I had to remove the top from the frame, I ground off all of the casting burrs without risking getting grind dust in the carriage mechanism. That makes everything fit a little better. Since using the factory insert to shape the insert using a trim bit created a few sparks, I made a MDF pattern for future use. To date I have used four of the blanks – thin kerf, full kerf, dado and 45 °. I figure that in the future I will make inserts for 22.5°, 10° and 30° as needed.

IMO the #1 issue is the tendancy of the insert to tilt down at the right back corner. Making it tight helps but I was not comfortable with that so I drilled and tapped for an 8-32 screw in the two larger pads. I just snug thes up enough to keep the insert from tilting.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX http:www.moorewoodenboxes.com

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