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Project by FreshSawDust posted 918 days ago 2996 views 24 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This saw is becoming fairly popular so I hope this idea is helpful to someone. I refuse to pay $25 for the insert from Grizzly so this was my solution. I wanted an insert with plenty of strength and I also hate re-leveling the insert if I have to change it so this kills two birds with one stone. I used the stock steel insert and drilled some countersunk screw holes in it. I then fitted the piece in pic 2 to where the center was flush with the top of the steel insert. I trimmed it to fit the underside of the plate and made a saw cut just long enough to make room for the riving knife. Install and raise the blade just like any other zero clearance insert. Now to make bevel cuts I just remove 4 screws and pop out the center. Thanks for looking.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri





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DaddyZ

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#1 posted 917 days ago

Great minds think Alike !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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sras

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#2 posted 917 days ago

Cool idea!

Another option would be to do this with the dado insert. At least for me, I rarely use my dado setup and that might let you use this insert for angle cuts without having to swap out the wood piece.

Again a very good idea – thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Viking

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#3 posted 917 days ago

Great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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

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mporter

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#4 posted 917 days ago

Great idea! I also have a Grizzly saw and the inserts that came with the saw are junk. In some cases they are almost dangerous. I will have to give this a try.

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LukieB

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#5 posted 917 days ago

Excellent idea, thanks for posting. Very timely for me, I want to replace the wooden one I made because it sags when cutting small pieces. Hell, I’d be happy to pay $25 for one, Ridgid wants $80 for theirs ! I think I’ll be making one of these this evening. Thanks again.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this http://www.melbrownfarmsupply.com"

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reggiek

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#6 posted 917 days ago

Interesting take. I made mine entirely out of 3/4” ply….but will have to replace the whole thing when it wears out. The only difficulty I hit was to make room for the splitter….without one…just raise the blade through the insert….but that isn’t going to work with the splitter installed….so you just have to cut a slot in the back of the zero clearance insert…then mount and raise the blade….works great so far…..I also have ones for my box cutter and dado blades.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Mojo1

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#7 posted 917 days ago

great idea, thanks for sharing !

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MasterSergeant

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#8 posted 917 days ago

Necessity is the Mother of invention, great idea!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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FreshSawDust

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#9 posted 917 days ago

Thanks and Daddyz If I had seen yours I would have done mine sooner!

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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moonls

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#10 posted 917 days ago

That’s a great idea! I have the G0175P and have had trouble fabricating a zero clearance insert because the recess for the insert is so thin on this model.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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Simons44

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#11 posted 917 days ago

Can you please describe the process you used to make the insert? Not so much the countersinking, but the process for making the wood insert fit perfectly.
thanks!

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a1Jim

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#12 posted 917 days ago

Great idea well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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FreshSawDust

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#13 posted 917 days ago

Simmons44 I used a straight cutting bit in my router table and once it was close I just moved the fence a little at a time until it fit the slot. I used a rasp to round the corners to fit the radius on the front.

-- TJ - Perryville, Missouri

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Trev_Batstone

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#14 posted 917 days ago

This is just what I needed to see. I’m going to try and make one for my new Ryobi table saw that I bought last week. And like the other LJ’ers here, thanks for sharing.

-- LIVE, LAUGH, CUT WOOD.

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NormG

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#15 posted 917 days ago

Great idea, sometimes we just are not to see the forest for the trees

-- Norman

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