Craftsman Table Saw 28462 #5: More on the Throat Plate and a "Duh!"

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Blog entry by LegendInMyOwnMind posted 05-21-2011 01:26 AM 1708 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK, I’m not the sharpest tool in the shed. Nowhere near it. But it did occur to me that the reason the throat plate was so thin was that the table had a rubber gasket holding it up.

What if I simply took out the gasket? How deep would it be then? And could I do something with the depth? Turns out really easily. Turns out when I measured the depth of the plate, it was a clean 1/8”. And I have piles of 1/8” hardboard. Maybe I am finally onto something?

Sounds like I need to put the flush trim router bit onto the router table and attach the metal throat plate to a piece of 1/8” hardboard and give this a shot. Will post progress on making a silk purse out of this sow’s ear of a tablesaw.

Thought I had some 1/8” hardboard, but apparently there are different hardboard thicknesses other than 1/4” and 1/8”. I think (if my math is right) that this stuff is 3/16”.

Had a scrap of pegboard sitting around it it is closer.

Home Depot has sheets of hardboard which they say are 1/8” .

- Actual product thickness (in.) : 0.125

My calipers will be the judge of that. Yet another 13 mile (each way) trip to HD.

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

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