Zero clearance throat plate

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Forum topic by Dudley posted 1748 days ago 714 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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A while back I mentioned I made a 0 clearance plate out of 1/8” lexan. Don’t do it, it don’t last. Needs to be thicker. Sorry bout dat.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#1 posted 1748 days ago

Thanks for the tip.

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#2 posted 1748 days ago

at least 1/4”

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#3 posted 1748 days ago

3/8” even better!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 1747 days ago

My saw uses a 5/16” insert. I make mine out os scraps of laminate flooring.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#5 posted 1747 days ago

I’ve had good results using 1/4” phenolic, but it is a little pricey. I think I’ll try Dan’s suggestion … I have 2 boxes of laminate flooring left over from the family room project.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#6 posted 1747 days ago

I guess the issue is possibly that no matter what you make your insert from it’s going to get chewed up by changes in blade setting and need replacing….

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#7 posted 1747 days ago

Why not make a bunch of zero clearance plates?

I use osage orange wood, very dense and has a slight oily feel to the wood. Have made several zero clearance plates for my standard table saw blade, and for 1/4”, 1/2”, 3/4” dado blades. Also made one for my molding head set up.

-- Gerry

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