|Project by Don Broussard||posted 11-09-2012 02:19 AM||3721 views||11 times favorited||39 comments|
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.
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