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Project by BigDaddyO posted 95 days ago 1279 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know this is a rather simple project that many have already done, but since I had a pretty close call recently due to using the stock insert while cutting some small pieces I figured I’d put this up just as a reminder.

If you are cutting small pieces, make sure you have a Zero Clearance Insert so pieces don’t fall through, get wedged, and get thrown back at you… Oh, and when the wood falls through, your push stick will dig into the blade quickly and get thrown back into your hand also…

Here is a link to the video I made of the process. http://youtu.be/gID7Vbuf8ig

-- www.bigdaddyoworkshop.com





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adrianpglover

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#1 posted 95 days ago

I recently made one too. I like the white look of yours. I haven’t cut the slot in it just yet, as I have a factory made one for my default blade. I’m keeping my shop made one around as a spare.

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Routerisstillmyname

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#2 posted 95 days ago

YCNHE ZCI

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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Steve Kreins

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#3 posted 95 days ago

Thanks for the reminder!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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Matt in Franklin

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#4 posted 95 days ago

When cutting small parts, please consider making a cross cut sled. Its much safer and you get an automatic zero-clearance insert built right in :-).

-- I'm just a simple caveman

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OldWolfsWoodShop

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#5 posted 95 days ago

I agree with Matt, use a cross cut sled, much safer.

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NiteWalker

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#6 posted 95 days ago

When he said “small pieces”, I’m pretty sure he meant thin pieces, which can and will get wedged between the blade and stock insert opening on most table saws.

That said, a zci is as much a necessity as a crosscut sled IMHO. :-)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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adrianpglover

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#7 posted 94 days ago

I purchased my zci for the thin piece reason. I had a few thin wedge shaped pieces when cutting the pillar for my tower toy that either shot across the room or wedged their way between the blade and stock insert, which caused the blade the vibrate and gouge my wood slightly. Wasn’t a big deal to fix, but without that gouge, the cut was perfect for what I wanted.

On a personal note, once I’m through making a tenoning jig, a crosscut sled is next.

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BigDaddyO

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#8 posted 94 days ago

NiteWalker,
Yes. I was cutting long thin pieces from stock that was about 8” long and 2” wide. a cross cut sled would not have been very useful unless I installed some clamping hold down system as part of the sled.

-- www.bigdaddyoworkshop.com

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