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Forum topic by ArtCam posted 11-14-2015 03:47 AM 687 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2015 03:47 AM

I just bought a second table saw for working outside in nicer weather, so I went for a Kobalt portable.
I like the saw and decided to check into purchasing a dado throat plate for it, now that they are available.
Am I correct in thinking that $54.80 is astronomical for a simple 1/8 thick throat plate?
I could buy a spectacular 10 inch blade for that amount.
I’m thinking about making my own TP, but may have trouble with the thinness of the insert area. by the way, newbie here. Nice to chat folks.
Derek


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#1 posted 11-14-2015 03:58 AM

I have made my own throat plate out of MDF. I used 3/4” and then thinned it down with the router in the area where the little tabs contact it. I don’t know how your saw’s arrangement works, but you could probably do something similar. $54.80 is a lot, but they don’t sell them separately a lot, so it has to be made worth their while.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#2 posted 11-14-2015 04:15 AM

Hey Rip, I like that idea. I don’t have a band saw, but I’m pretty good with a jig saw. I’ll give that a try. Yep, there are little screw areas I can deal with.
Thanks, derek

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#3 posted 11-14-2015 04:23 AM

I don’t know of too many people who actually buy those things since they are so easy to make… there are plenty of how-to’s and videos out there, such as this one from Matthias over at woodgears.ca

Easiest way is to use your existing plate as a template for a router, but by no means the only method (as you will soon find out)!

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#4 posted 11-14-2015 04:29 AM

I have made some and also bought some to fit my saws. If you have the time to make them, and then screw around with leveling them, making is the way to go.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#5 posted 11-14-2015 04:44 AM

Brad and Paul, thanks.
Brad appreciate the link.
Has anyone tried tempered hardboard for the inset?

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#6 posted 11-14-2015 04:59 AM

Has anyone tried tempered harboard for the inset?

I tried it once… didn’t work all that well. It’s pretty flimsy and needs quite a bit of reinforcement to make it even half way sturdy enough. If you can glue up 3 or 4 pieces on top of each other, it might be suitable – but it sounds like you need a pretty thin plate for your saw.

Cheers,
Brad

PS: I have been tempted to try making some out of recycled milk jugs and grocery store bags (HDPE)... I make my bandsaw and scroll saw inserts out of it and it works great, even when pretty thin.

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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#7 posted 11-14-2015 05:00 AM

I have several zero clearance throat plates made from 5/8 mdf from the original. I screw a blank MDF rectangle to the original thoat plate and use it as a guide for my flush trim router blade, and I produce several plates this way .

-- PJ

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#8 posted 11-14-2015 05:08 AM

+1 to Brad. Way to weak for me to feel it was safe to use.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#9 posted 11-14-2015 01:39 PM

Thanks guys: a zero tolerance is not what I need. I think it may be a wee bit more daunting to make the dado insert.
Hey…..I’m retired, so….the fun begins.

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#10 posted 11-14-2015 03:22 PM

-- PJ

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#11 posted 11-14-2015 03:48 PM



I just bought a second table saw for working outside in nicer weather, so I went for a Kobalt portable.
I like the saw and decided to check into purchasing a dado throat plate for it, now that they are available.
Am I correct in thinking that $54.80 is astronomical for a simple 1/8 thick throat plate?
I could buy a spectacular 10 inch blade for that amount.
I m thinking about making my own TP, but may have trouble with the thinness of the insert area. by the way, newbie here. Nice to chat folks.
Derek

- ArtCam

Congrats on your purchase. I am curious about using a dado stack on your saw. I didn’t see any mention in the reviews on Lowe’s site. Is your arbor long enough to mount a dado stack? The specs don’t include the length of the arbor.

Thanks
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#12 posted 11-14-2015 03:57 PM

Thomas: that is a work of art. NICE.
Hi MT. Since I won’t be doing intricate work. I’m opting for a wobble blade I have used for years.
They are hard to find and not made anymore. I understand the reason is due to a very slight curve after cut.
Also…..the dado insert is made especially for the Kobalt saw.

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