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Blog entry by kosta posted 01-03-2010 02:17 AM 1004 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yo whats up everybody I wanted to do a blog post on some tablesaw upgrades. Now it doesnt matter what kind of tablesaw you have. The first thing you want to do is upgrade your fence and miter gauge for the fence you should look at the bisemeyer fences. For the miter gauge look at the incra miter gauges. You dont have to upgrade to the bisemeyer fence or the incra miter gauge but you should definitely upgrade if you dont your just gonna get pissed and end up upgrading later. Now something that you have to have is a featherboard. You use featherboards to push the wood against the fence as you feed it through the blade. Make sure your featherboard is in front of the blade because if it is next to it then the blade will get pinched. One of the best things to have is a kick switch so that you can shut the saw off without taking your hands off the wood you are cutting if something happens. What I use is a foot switch that cuts the power when I hit it. Most tablesaws come with inserts but if you look at them there is a space between the blade and the insert. With a regular insert you can use it with the blade at 45 degrees or 90 degrees. If you make a zero clearance insert you can only use it with the blade at 90 degrees. With a zero clearance insert skinny cut offs cant get shot down towards the motor. When you have to tilt the blade then you put in the insert that came with your saw.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/



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#1 posted 01-03-2010 02:22 AM

Hey Kosta
good to here from you. Thanks for sharing you upgrades the foot switch is a unique Idea.

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 03:48 AM

Thats good info there, keep it comin!

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 05:22 AM

good info.

just to add some tidbits:

1. a zero clearance insert can be made for any angle 90, 45, 60,20… your pick – however. after it’s made – it’s only good for that angle. however, for beveled cuts – it’s easier to use a sled.

2. most saws today actually come with pretty good fences. unless you have a faulty fence, or a lousy one – theres usually no reason to upgrade. also some saws, like the smaller ones can’t take the Biss fence. it just won’t mount.

Also, a Sled is a GREAT upgrade to any saw – as it is shop made, and can be customized to ANY saw. it serves as a zero clearance insert, and a miter gauge all in one, and is much safer to use than a miter gauge as it can have clamp downs, and handles.

happy new year

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 05:43 AM

thats what I forgot I kept thinking there was one more thing but I just couldnt remember what it was lol. I have never actually seen anyone build a zero clearance insert for any angle other then 90.

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 08:24 AM

Good table saw update. All the things you mentioned also play into saftey. Rember to keep the fingers attached!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 01-03-2010 08:38 AM

A few nights ago, I set up the router table and made another 9 zci for my old jet jtas-10. Takes not much more time to do one than run off a bunch. Already have the 52 inch bessy and love it. I will be upgrading the miter when the budget says I can.

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#7 posted 01-03-2010 04:44 PM

The fence could also use a simple fix

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kosta

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 08:26 PM

Yea my uncle uses a wood fence but he says sometimes when the humidity goes up and down a lot its tends to move

-- kosta Virginia Beach, VA http://www.kostasworkshop.blogspot.com/

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 09:37 PM

no problem with that here in the barren north

-- It's hard to plane a door when you have to use the crack of your ass for a vise

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