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Project by FreddyS posted 1374 days ago 6654 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tiny project I know hehee, just to show how I added a zero clearance insert into my cheap ryobi table saw.

The insert back side was routed out to make it fit ok, works nice!

-- Learning one thing at a time





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Eric_S

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#1 posted 1374 days ago

Excellent project. I’ve been thinking of how to make a zero clearance insert for this saw for some time. I have the same saw as you except mine has a stamped aluminum top.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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FreddyS

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#2 posted 1374 days ago

I thought to try and it came out nice, use thicker/good grade ply or hardwood though.

I went with 1/2” ply and there’s not much wood left on the borders, and you can see on the back side pic how the saw took out some chunks.

-- Learning one thing at a time

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jockmike2

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#3 posted 1374 days ago

GREAT IDEA, GOOD FOR YOU.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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DYNO360

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#4 posted 1374 days ago

That’s a lot of work, but I bet it improved the cut the saw makes and was worth it.

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mancave

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#5 posted 1374 days ago

Thanks, I have been thinking of similar insert for my Hitachi saw that has what looks like the same insert, I will have to take another look at it in the morning.

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dmoney

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#6 posted 1374 days ago

nice, looks good. works and makes your saw look professional :)

-- Derek, Iowa

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 1373 days ago

Nice job this will make it safer no doubt!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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lcwood

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#8 posted 1372 days ago

nice one!
gonna try in my inexpensive black&decker wannabe tablesaw

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treevore

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#9 posted 1120 days ago

looks great! I need to make an insert for that exact saw. thin pieces tend to try and stick in the large space in the poor factory insert. and it is not level with the back of the saw so sometimes, and very dangerously so, the pieces like to jam before getting to outfeed. What did you screw the piece of wood into? (i am not at home to get under mine but will examine to extrapolate how you did it). much needed example of what I need to do!! thanks!

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treevore

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#10 posted 1120 days ago

any ideas on how to make the miter slot less sloppy for cross cuts?? yes yes, a better table saw :p but in the time being….as I am a musician by trade and carpenter by hobby.

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FreddyS

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#11 posted 1120 days ago

Hi treevore, I used the same screws that came with the red plate, with the holes counterbored on the wood insert.
If you build an insert for your ts please go with thicker plywood or thick hardwood (extra thickness would go below the blade hole), mine broke from one end as the blade wobbles a little when starting up and that was enough to damage the insert, but since I’m using my SuperSled for almost any cut now, I don’t mind doing the insert again hehee.

“any ideas on how to make the miter slot less sloppy for cross cuts?”

In this ts no way, but you can build a SuperSled too ;), look at my other projects.

-- Learning one thing at a time

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Lukas

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#12 posted 797 days ago

Nice insert. I tried to make one for my craftsman saw but there is nothing to connect it to. I thought it wasn’t possible but seeing your work proves me wrong. I’ll give it another try.
@treevore On my craftsmans saw I have an aluminum table with miter slots that have a ridge in the middle and several little lips to keep the miter gauge from falling out. I took a router with a spiral endmill bit to it and made it a simple open slot. Now I can use a crosscut sled similar to the one Freddy build. Works really good.

-- www.lukasmueller.com

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dclinks

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#13 posted 564 days ago

this insert looks similar to the black and decker firestorm…wanna make another?

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yinn2yang

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#14 posted 419 days ago

on my TS, ryobi RTS31, it came with a miter sled, which was worthless…i tried everything i could think of to make if more functional…but in the end you just need a miter slot….so i removed it, ground down the protrusions and filled the space with layers of hard wood, bb plywood and topped it off with hardboard…then i dado out the slot for the miter track…it was a bit scary to modify parts of my saw that i can’t go back and replace if my idea didn’t work out but in the end it came out really well… i’ve been working on how to make a zero-clearance insert plate but i have the same problem the only way to get one to work is to remove all the 1/8 metal lip that holds the factory plate and attach some sort of lip below where the original ones were so i make one out of thicker material like you suggested

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