A Few New Zero Clearance Inserts

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 09-26-2010 10:49 PM 2296 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Recently made myself some new ZCI plates. Used Baltic Birch, grain running parallel to the blade to achieve less chipout. In the second picture, you can see all of the routing I have to do to make one fit my saw – leaves about 3/16” along the edges and to provide clearance for a 1/2” bar that kind of holds the blade shroud and all together.

Both of the inserts on the left got Micro-Jig Splitters installed – they seem to work real well. I’ve been ripping for quite a while now without a splitter and decided it was time to do things right.

Next time, I want to get some 1/4” phenolic sheet and make some inserts out of that. I’ve never worked with phenolic but everything I’ve heard indicates that it is very stiff and shouldn’t deflect downward even with a reasonable amount of pressure applied to it.


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#1 posted 09-27-2010 01:56 AM

these look great jim

i will have to do this sometime too

thanks for the reminder

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