Phenolic Table Saw Inserts Question

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Blog entry by John Gray posted 02-24-2008 12:22 AM 1319 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased 2 Phenolic table saw inserts from Rockler, part #26648, and they are too thick for my Ridgid TS3650 so I need to machine them down. Has anyone had experience running this material through a planer or joiner? I’d hate to ruin a set of blades just to cut these.
Thanks in advance,

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 12:44 AM

Even if you could cut them, they might be too short to run through the planer.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 12:46 AM

Phenolic is a combination of cloth fiber and an epoxy type of resin. I would NEVER run them through a planer.

Instant dull blades.

I don’t know of any way to thin them down without dulling something.

I would take them back and make my own.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Tom Adamski

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#3 posted 02-24-2008 12:47 AM

Running those high density plastics through your planer or jointer could be disasterous! Not only because of what they are made of, but also their size. They are just too small and will be sniped by the planner and will expose your hands to the blade of the jointer. It is never worth your health or fingers to experiment with stuff like this.

Return the inserts and make your own with wood, ie plywood of MDF.

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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John Gray

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#4 posted 02-24-2008 12:55 AM

Thanks everybody that’s just what I figured. I wonder what happens if you used a router to do the edges the instructions say that works? Anyway they will go back next week. ;-)

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#5 posted 02-24-2008 12:59 AM

That is actually a pretty good idea. Rout a rabbet with a bottom mounted bering bit in a router table. That will create a recess, to set the thing flush. Some of that stuff machines well.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 02-24-2008 09:05 PM

A thickness sander would do the trick. the belt maybe a little thrashed when you’re finished. my 2 cents.


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