Blade guard

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Project by TimTucker posted 10-31-2015 02:15 AM 1158 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With my shop setup I have 2 Ryobi BT3100’s joined together (leaving one setup with a cross-cut blade and another setup with a rip blade).

I’d recently upgraded the stock riving knives and guards to a Shark Guard—since the blade guard portion only takes a few seconds to remove, I opted to save a little money and get a single guard to swap between the two riving knives.

Pretty quickly I realized that I wasn’t quite comfortable with leaving the blade exposed when the saw wasn’t in use, so I went ahead and put together a simple guard out of scraps I had lying around. Was going to use red for the guard as a keep-away color, but the closest I had around the house was fuchsia pearl, so that had to do. The handle is just scrap lumber that I planed into shape and coated with some wax.

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#1 posted 10-31-2015 07:31 AM

Very practical, nice colour too.

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#2 posted 10-31-2015 12:43 PM

Good idea. I like your saw. I have the BT 3000 and would not trade it for a sawstop!
On the 3100 do the tables on both sides of the blade slide?
Have you made any sleds for your saw?


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#3 posted 11-01-2015 12:00 AM

Haven’t made any sleds at this point—I did however, make a large base for the two saws. (I say two, but it’s actually constructed from the parts of 4 saws (2 BT3100’s, a BT3000, and a Craftsman 21829)

At the moment I have 2 of the sliding tables to the left of the crosscut saw and one to the right. The one to the right I’ve only used with the left-most router mount in between the two saws.

I found that 2 on the left seemed to work well to keep things in tighter alignment with the wide miter fence, but 3 was just too much trouble to adjust for not much benefit. (The space in between is now filled with the top from the 21829 and an uncut zero clearance insert to fill it in)

Had posted the details of my setup a little while back on another forum:
my take on a BT3x00 Frankensaw

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#4 posted 11-03-2015 10:55 PM

fuchsia pearl AKA PINK , Nice idea anyway but that color would just not last very long in my shop, I would be gone to the BORG for a can of RED.

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