Zero clearance inert plate

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Project by ShopBuilt posted 01-14-2017 02:17 PM 2231 views 9 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Inset plates use to be a pretty simple upgrade to your table saw but more and more new saws are making it tricky to build your own, probably so you buy theirs. The ridgid table saw (R4512) makes things difficult because its only 1/8” thick making a straight wooden one to flimsy. To over come this a made the plate 3/8” thick and then hollowed out around the levelling pads. this allows the plate to be level with the top and gives a suitable amount of stiffness. I also incorporated the same clip and magnet as the OEM one to hold it into place.
Here is a video on how i made it:

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#1 posted 01-14-2017 04:49 PM

Ill have to see this. I made some for my ridgid jobsite saw, out of 1/2” ply, they seem to work well.

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#2 posted 01-14-2017 05:30 PM

I don’t see why you couldn’t just start with 1/2 inch Baltic Birch Plywood and eliminating machining that thin pice of wood. Great job.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 01-14-2017 07:50 PM

Nice video tutorial. I failed at my 1st attempt to make a zero plate and wound up buying a couple lee craft plates. That was some time ago. here is a link to another LJ post from Brianb6603 i had followed his idea.
Nice to see a video for it. well done.

-- John

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#4 posted 01-14-2017 07:57 PM

Nice work on these plates.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-14-2017 09:38 PM

What you gunna do about the roving knife?

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#6 posted 01-15-2017 03:25 AM

Nice work, I have made a few. They worked well until the main one I use developed a slight warp upward at one corner. Hand to sand it back down to sit flat. Someone recommended I make them out of glued together wood flooring. Any ideas out their on this approach?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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