Cedar kerfplate for my sliding saw

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Project by exelectrician posted 183 days ago 1663 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The decision to replace the weak and floppy plastic kerf plates came after I cut a rather short piece of wood and the plastic failed to support it and the wood tipped into the blade,,,, BANG!!!

The cedar plate is soft but supportive all the way to the edge of the blade. After two months of testing I really like it. Cant help wonder why the manufactures don’t make them like this, it is so much safer.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#1 posted 182 days ago

Nicely done, I suppose safety is your concern not theirs.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#2 posted 182 days ago

Well done should serve you well.

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

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#3 posted 182 days ago

Great Idea

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#4 posted 182 days ago

What a great idea…I made zero clearance throat plates for my table saw but have never even thought of doing the same thing for the sliding miter saw. Looks like I have another project for tools in the workshop. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#5 posted 182 days ago

Nice job, wonder why the triple holes in the end closest to the adjustment handle?

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#6 posted 182 days ago

A good idea. I think the reason manufacturers don’t make zero clearance throat plates is because a wider opening is necessary for compound angle cuts where you have to tilt the blade. The way around this of course, is to tilt workpiece instead of the blade and then just make a standard angle cut. That is probably the easiest and most accurate way to do it anyway, at least for me.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 182 days ago

@ stefang, I made another one for angled cuts when I tilt the blade, this one has a wider slot due to this, but it still supports the work closer than the plastic one did.
@belg1960, the triple holes let me see the action of the rods that tighten the angle and the thing that holds the saw from sliding in any position, purely cosmetic I suppose.
And thanks for the nice comments guys.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#8 posted 182 days ago

Great soulution to a problem I want to do this to my saw

-- Patrick's work shop

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#9 posted 182 days ago

I will also coy this idea, and thank you for bringing to the forum.

I do not recognize that saw in your pics. It doesn’t look like a slider to me. What is it?

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#10 posted 182 days ago

The saw is my favorite and my second one that I have owned, a Makita LS1013, which is not not made any more.
Sadly Makita decided to “improve” this saw and the result was a more expensive saw that did not have the tight and precise movement that the LS1013 has.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#11 posted 182 days ago

Great idea for improving your cut quality and safety. I oughta make one for my saw!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 182 days ago

Ok, thanks. I found pics of it, and I could see that the slide tubes are under the saw, and thus not visible. I haven’t studied these devices much, and I don’t recall ever seeing one set up like that. Too bad they messed it up. Funny how often that happens – to many things.

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#13 posted 182 days ago

I did the same for my sliding miter saw. It helped with tear out as well. I used cause that was what I had, but I really like the look of the cedar.

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#14 posted 182 days ago

2X4XDoug I am so glad that someone else has done the same thing, started thinking maybe I should go back to what I had. Ha Ha,

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#15 posted 181 days ago

Nice..I have the same SCMS..I have been thinking about doing the same thing..but I was going to use a piece of maple the same thickness as the original plastic insert.


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