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I finally made me a few ZCIs for my Craftsman 113 table saw. I used some leftover laminate flooring and a pattern bit on my router table to make one for a pattern, then I made two more. I intentionally left the top “humble” (opposite of “proud”?) to allow for adjustment. The ZCIs are pretty solid across the insert opening. I used a rattlecan of acrylic red paint to get that “factory look”. I still need to drill and countersink the ZCI for the screw on the front of the insert and make some kind of hold down for the back (motor side) of the ZCI.

Question: What would you use to shim the ZCI flush with the table saw top? I will drill an appropriately sized hole to see if the setscrews in the original inserts can be used. If that doesn’t work, I have some playing cards that I usually cut up and use as shims, but I am not sure how I would secure the shims to the cast iron ledge inside the insert opening (double-sided tape?). I even considered some kind of putty, like plumber’s putty to make the adjustment. Just pickin’ your brains.

UPDATE: I should have given a shout out to LJ shelly_b, who posted a similar forum topic a few days ago. She got me to thinking about some left over laminate flooring I had, and inspired me to make my own ZCIs. Please forgive my oversight. Also, I did sand the shine off the laminate flooring before painting with my RO sander using 120 grit.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!





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MT_Stringer

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#1 posted 622 days ago

Super glue?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Don Broussard

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#2 posted 622 days ago

Super glue would work, but that’s too permanent for this application, IMHO. Looking for something stable but not permanent.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Paul Pomerleau

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#3 posted 622 days ago

I guess the best option is to use the original set screws or go to home depot and get extras, they are pennies each. I think I have the same saw as you and I really need to make more of these. I’ve used laminate flooring as well, and I really like how you colored yours to match the original, good job.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 622 days ago

@Paul—I will try the set screws, but I am not sure they’ll work without a threaded insert in the ZCI. I am also thinking that I could put two or three beads of silicon on the ledge and clamp a flat board to the table saw table over the ZCI to level it.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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woodworm

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#5 posted 622 days ago

I used multiple layers of masking tape and it works.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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bondogaposis

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#6 posted 622 days ago

I make my ZCI’s a little proud of the saw top then rout a rabbet on the underside to fine tune the depth. I can fine tune it further w/ painters tape.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Don Broussard

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#7 posted 622 days ago

@woodworm—I’ll keep masking tape on hand in case I need. I have some blue painter’s tape on hand already.

@bondo—I had to rout a rabbet on the underside of mine too, but I made them humble (that’s the logical opposite of proud, but I’m not sure of the real word to use) on purpose. I guess I could have made them exact and then I would have this issue, now would I? Sounds like painter’s tape is a viable option.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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gtpreacher

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#8 posted 622 days ago

I use set screws from Lowe’s with all the inserts that I make from baltic birch plywood. I just drill the pilot holes and drive the screws in. They work just fine.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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ChuckC

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#9 posted 622 days ago

Set screws preferred, and painters tape next.

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Don Broussard

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#10 posted 622 days ago

I’ll try the set screws tomorrow as Plan A. If that doesn’t work, there are 25 more alphabets to try.

Thanks for the compliments and the comments. I knew I could count on y’all!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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HillbillyShooter

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#11 posted 622 days ago

I use #4×1/4” Phillips head screws on the underside and countersink in wood so they are screwed in flush to start—then back out as needed to level ZCI. This woks on my PM 66 but I not familiar with your saw so maybe it can be adapted. Just an idea.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Don Broussard

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#12 posted 622 days ago

@Hillbilly—I could do that, but I’d have to drill and thread the cast iron ledge on which the ZCI rests. I’ll assign that as “Plan H” (named after you).

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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DeLayne Peck

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#13 posted 622 days ago

Put 4 small pieces of tape down on the ledge your insert will rest on. Use a hot glue gun to put a blob of hot glue on each piece of tape. Quickly press the insert into the glue. Use a block of wood to level the insert with the table. It will set up fast and hard. Your insert will pop right out and be ready for use next time. Why “screw around?”

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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Rick M.

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#14 posted 622 days ago

I use hot glue but just put it right on the metal tabs, it sticks to the insert but not the metal. If you think it will, just put a dab of wax or soap on the tab first. Next time I’m going to try warming the metal a bit first to give me a little more working time.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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DouginVa

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#15 posted 622 days ago

What “Rick M” says. I do that with each of my inserts. Works great.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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