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Blog entry by mcoyfrog posted 132 days ago 761 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’m a bit of a lazy dude. Don’t get me wrong I love a good project or jig or art piece but sometimes I need something and I need it now, and I just don’t want to spend time making it nice.

Soooooooooooo this is what I do when I need a zero clearance insert and no time to make one, I’m sure you have all done something similar, maybe you can post a pic or description of your quick fix too.

Basically I get the fence lined up with the distance I need away from the blade and lock it down. Then grab a large enough piece of 1/4” ply and clamp it down over the blade and up flush against the fence. Notice the scap board under saw to make clamp work better. Make sure your blade is lowered all the way. When clamped down good turn on the saw and slowly raise the blade so it cuts into and thru the 1/4” ply. I raise it enough by eyball then shut off the saw to get fine measurements, repeat until its where it needs to be.

Walla zero clearance insert err or over-sert err on top of piece err scrap to not cut yourself err Whatever you get the drift LOL

Thanks for checking it out

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug



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Max

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#1 posted 132 days ago

I like it!!!! I sometimes do the exact same thing, works in a pinch…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Noel Fisher

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#2 posted 132 days ago

I guess I was too lazy to think of it myself. Have you tried this with a dado set?

-- Noel

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spudhogg

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#3 posted 132 days ago

Clever, and easy!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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mcoyfrog

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#4 posted 132 days ago

niftynoel yup i’ve done it with the dado too it works fine.

Thanks Phil, did you get my email?

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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lanwater

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#5 posted 131 days ago

I do that often.

It’s not being lazy. It’s being smart.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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jack1

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#6 posted 131 days ago

neat idea

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Bob Current

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#7 posted 131 days ago

Thanks for the inspiration. I’m not sure I’ll bother to use my spare blank plate anytime soon. I like your idea better.

-- When you are wrong admit it, when you are right forget it.

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Mean_Dean

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#8 posted 131 days ago

Simple, quick, and easy!

-- Dean

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mcoyfrog

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#9 posted 130 days ago

Ianwater don’t tell anybody I don’t want them knowing Its easier that way LOL

Thanks Jack

You bet Fwarmc I made a couple nice inserts way back when I got my table saw and one day I tried this for one reason or the other and now those inserts just sit and collect dust

Thanks Dean

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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scoobydooo9r

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#10 posted 121 days ago

That is a great idea! I never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing, I could have used that today actually! Next time.

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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mcoyfrog

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#11 posted 121 days ago

Thanks Zac

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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