Craftsman Table Saw 28462 #2: Throat Plate pains

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 05-19-2011 01:28 PM 3399 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The standard throat is made so that the blade can be in any angle and not hit the plate. Trouble is, that’s pretty wide. 5/8” in fact.

I want to make a zero clearance insert for my dado and a smaller throat for my standard blade but there’s some real problems.

#1 – The throat plate is really thin. I measured .062. Will need to cut rabbits under the screw locations no matter what material I make it out of.

#2 – The shape is a pain. Will use hardboard and flushcut router bit to replicate plate.

#3 – I lost one of the rubber pads that go under the two screw locations.

#4 – I lost screws. Discovered that metric 5×16mm flathead (philips) screws work. Marked the bottom of the plate with the screw size using a P-Touch label.

#5 – The warning sticker was really sticky. I think I should be able to fix that with goo gone.

I really hate this saw…

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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#1 posted 05-19-2011 03:22 PM

That plate looks like one from a benchtop saw, and they can be a real pain to backfit with a ZCI.

One possible solution would be to get another plate (or plates), cut an opening in it (leaving a “rim” that sits in the throat recess), and make wood inserts that fit in the “rim”. The inserts give you the ZCI part.

You mention using a dado cutter. Make sure that your saw can handle one before you go to a lot of trouble with a ZCI. If your arbor isn’t long enough to allow full engagement of the arbor nut, you probably shouldn’t use a dado.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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jim C

1472 posts in 3122 days

#2 posted 05-19-2011 04:08 PM

That was a big reason I stored mine in the shed and got a Ridgid 3650. The saw is a typical “Crapsman “odd ball tools”
Your problems were the same as mine. To me it’s a dangerous tool, although mine is about 20 years old. Yours looks fairly new.
Sawkerf has a good solution with an insert in an insert, abeit the arbor length.
If your budget allows, try to find a good used contractor/tablesaw and stay away from the portables. I kept my portable for when I need it at another site.

Good luck.

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#3 posted 05-19-2011 04:09 PM

I have a similar plate on my little DeWalt benchtop. Like you, I needed a zero-clearance and tried a number of times to mill something to no avail. Finally came up with a solution—laid a piece of 1/2” MDF on top of the saw.

Added some screw inserts so I could lock it down from underneath the existing table. Raised the blade, VOILA! zero-clearance. Oops. Need a fence. Looked around the shop and noticed my old, original Incra Jig. Perfect.

More screw-inserts in the MDF enabled me to mount the Incra.

Now, when I need a ZC, I place the MDF on top of the saw, lock it down. Then I loosely screw down the Incra, extend the fence so that it touches the raised blade. That allows me to make sure I’m parallel. Lock down the incra and away I go.

I can post picts this weekend if none of this makes sense.


-- "You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their back" -- Unknown

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#4 posted 05-19-2011 06:43 PM

Bill, that makes a lot of sense. I can picture it in my head.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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jim C

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#5 posted 05-19-2011 06:55 PM

Great solution Bill

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#6 posted 05-19-2011 06:57 PM

Jim C. Did the exact same thing, same saw and all. I haven’t looked back once. Every now and again a good contractors saw comes up on CL for real cheap, but that may not be in the options for the OP to get a new table saw.

But the Zero clearance insert and DADO blade (along with noise from a universal motor) set me over and I got a 3650.

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#7 posted 05-20-2011 06:43 PM

I keep checking CL but here in Pittsburgh there’s not all that many listings and for the ones that are listed either they look really old or really crappy. In the meanwhile, I’m thinking hard about the Steel City. Lowes can get it and if I pick it up at the store there’s no shipping charge.

-- Doug - When all you own is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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