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Project by edwood1975 posted 06-01-2016 05:44 PM 883 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The other day I was cutting little dowels about an inch or so long, needed a boatload of them and a lot off them were getting trapped under the MS throat plate which was a pain to remove..

So I had a bunch of scrap 3/4” poplar plywood leftover from the Miter saw workstation I made and decided to give making onae a try…

I have to say it was tricky but once I nailed down the design I made 3 of them in 30 minutes.. I’m sure there not as durable as the plastic but that’s why I made 3.

Material

16” long x 3” wide

Tools needed
tablesaw
Drill press
Forstener bit

Step 1:
Rip a piece of 3/4” plywood 16”x3”
Step 2:
Install 1/4” dado stack and cut a rabbitt 1/4” wide by 1/2” deep on left side of stock
Step 3:
Cut rabbitt 1/2” X1/2” on right side this is the first step making sure the ZCI is flush to the miter saw deck
Step 4:
(Approx) measure 3/4” , 7 5/8” , 14 5/8” make pencil marks on both sides of ZCI..now use a drill press with a forstener bit and drill semi circles so as that the bottom is flush with the 1/4” material left after placing the rabitts …

Sand

And your done

What I didn’t realize about my saw is that the back fence has to be removed anytime I need to place my ZCI in and they is annoying but it’s a miter saw and the need to use different ZCI is not that frequent, I guess that’s why the stock throat plate came in 2 sections

-- Ed





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Viking

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#1 posted 06-01-2016 06:28 PM

Great design.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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robscastle

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#2 posted 06-01-2016 09:47 PM

Ed,

I have had to do the small dowell cutting like you many times.
I agree the gaps in the fence and base are not suitable for this kind of work,
I use a band saw. however if you need to use your saw,

Rather than remove and replace the fences you might consider,

Shorten the ZCI to just beyond the fence so you can insert it at an angle under the fences and use only four screws to hold it in.
or
Dependent on the amount of usage you could just make a replica fence and base plate and clamp it on over the existing base and fence, this way you are not removing anything or disturbing the two individual fences which require meticlous accuracy in setting up for precise angle cutting, and its a lot quicker to fit and remove.

Looks like you thinking things out and then getting good results keep up the good work!

-- Regards Robert

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edwood1975

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#3 posted 06-01-2016 09:51 PM



Ed,

I have had to do the small dowell cutting like you many times.
I agree the gaps in the fence and base are not suitable for this kind of work,
I use a band saw. however if you need to use your saw,

Rather than remove and replace the fences you might consider,

Shorten the ZCI to just beyond the fence so you can insert it at an angle under the fences and use only four screws to hold it in.
or
Dependent on the amount of usage you could just make a replica fence and base plate and clamp it on over the existing base and fence, this way you are not disturbing the two individual fences which require meticlous accuracy in setting up for precise angle cutting and its a lot quicker to fit and remove.

Looks like you thinking things out and then getting good results keep up the good work!

- robscastle

That’s a good idea, I haven’t put the screw holes in the ZCI yet and idea on how to determine the hole placement , I would use the stock insert accept it comes in 2 pieces and my ZCI is wider

-- Ed

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ravensrock

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#4 posted 06-02-2016 12:22 PM

Great idea. This reminds me that I wanted to do some upgrades to my miter saw!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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edwood1975

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#5 posted 06-02-2016 01:17 PM



Great idea. This reminds me that I wanted to do some upgrades to my miter saw!

- ravensrock


Thanks ravensrock

-- Ed

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#6 posted 06-02-2016 01:56 PM

A bandsaw can be used very nicely on these sorts of things. However, your solution seems to have worked fine also.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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edwood1975

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#7 posted 06-02-2016 03:24 PM



A bandsaw can be used very nicely on these sorts of things. However, your solution seems to have worked fine also.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

- helluvawreck


I bought a benchtop craftsman band saw and I’m still honing my skills on it but to be honest I am having a Hard time tensioning the blade.. It’s definitely not a tool you can hit the ground running with I gotta practice practice practice

-- Ed

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builtinbkyn

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#8 posted 06-02-2016 04:26 PM

The ZCI are certainly nice, but for cutting small pieces, you should use a sacrificial fence so the little pieces don’t do shooting off. This will support what ever you’re cutting and prevent tear out. I used one here to cut some aluminum stock, but also use it to cut dowels and small stock as well.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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