Getting carried away...

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Project by blackcherry posted 08-11-2015 03:23 PM 2740 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its time to retire my Bosch Miter saw it just to heavy to haul around. This Kapex came along on CL and I talk the owner into lowering the price at a amount I could live with…. ouch. Its been on my radar for quite sometime and finally it in my shop at just a little over the half the weight as my Bosch and upgrade galore, I’m in miter heaven. So I spent sometime making zero clearance blanks for both the blade and fences. I went sort of crazy on the ZC blade blank with some Rosewood blanks by re-sawing a blank I got three out of one piece and a chunk of left over cherry I made 4 more, should be set for quite sometime. I’ve read on the Festool’s site of aftermarket ZC blanks at crazy prices, but when the small scrap bin is just over flowing with product and a chance to use this incredible saw it made me go a little overboard. A little note by using the ZC blank it will improve the dust collection from the factory install wide mouth blank. Thanks for view…BC

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#1 posted 08-11-2015 03:49 PM

Rosewood on a Kapex …. Drooooolllll. Nice rig.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 08-11-2015 04:24 PM

Color me jealous.
Nice job.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 08-11-2015 04:37 PM

Congratulations Wilson and best wishes with the new saw. A Bosch miter saw is a great tool so if you haven’t sold it already, you should have no problem doing so, and thereby get back a good percentage of whatever you paid for the Festool.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 08-11-2015 04:49 PM

Chrisstef thank for comments.

SPalm thanks for taking the time to comment hope all’s well my friend.

Lenny Yes the selling of the Bosch saw was in the equation from the get go, flipping tools works wonders on upgrading the shop. I feel like I’m a shark waiting for the nexts flip…ha ha. This ones been on my wish list for quite sometime and opportunity came knocking.

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#5 posted 08-11-2015 06:14 PM

Congrats on your upgrade BC, it looks like the Kapex came with the angle

finder on the lower left side. Have fun with your new to you Festool!

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#6 posted 08-11-2015 06:47 PM

Very nice….......enjoy.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 08-12-2015 01:22 AM

Now you can have some fun, nice ZCI’s.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 08-12-2015 02:10 AM

Nice saw. Keep it close on the job site. I imagine they can easily grow legs and walk off. I made the same upgrade from a Bosch 3 years ago and never had buyers remorse. You can now throw out your miter sled.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#9 posted 08-12-2015 02:32 AM

Too bad you could not source some minion trees for the ZC inserts. They floresce Festool green!!!!!

-- Brad, Texas,

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#10 posted 08-12-2015 11:01 AM

I never thought about putting a zero on my mitersaw. might consider doing the same for mine to keep parts from falling in.

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#11 posted 08-12-2015 12:36 PM

Purdee flashy using that nice hardwood as ZCI’s. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#12 posted 08-12-2015 01:24 PM

Well, you gotta have a new ZCI for each degree of bevel, right? You never know when you might have to cut 15 degrees so you only need 40 more! Better get back to it, ha! Sure makes it look all purty though.

-- Jarrett - Mount Vernon, Ohio

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