|Project by FaTToaD||posted 08-31-2013 10:04 PM||2625 views||41 times favorited||16 comments|
A couple years back I picked up one of the Leecraft ZCI’s and have loved it ever since. It fits my tablesaw perfectly and the adjustment screens make sure I get it dead level. However, at ~$25 a pop it would get expensive to have one for each blade, especially if you think about a dado stack. And after a few years of use, mine has certainly seen better days. In the past I’ve just made my own out of 1/2” MDF, but to get them level I have to route the edges to sit level. That worked alright, but never great.
So, after DaddyZ's post the other day, I decided to “re-purpose” my ZCI by adding the option to insert a piece 3/16” hardboard.
It all went pretty straight forward: cut an inch slot with my dado blade, cut hardboard strips to fit, drill screw holes, flush trim with router. The only thing that I don’t like is that the screws stick out of the bottom of the original ZCI, but it really shouldn’t matter in the long run. I just couldn’t find any shorter screws in my collection.
Since I had the tablesaw all setup I decided to cut strips to make 30 inserts. I only drilled and trimmed six of them but I plenty of spares when the need arises.
Thanks for looking!