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03-27-2010 11:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor zero clearance insert mahogany bandsaw band saw zci


Fess up.

Who’s got a Mahogany Zero Clearance Insert on their band saw???

Ante up??

I’m in.

Yankees never throw anything away….” :-)

Those with a truly keen eye will notice the tiny blood stain, just to the left of the blade.

This is how I’m signing my work … for now ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 03-27-2010 11:26 PM

I’ve never seen mahogany bleed.

I sure hope it’s not yours.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 03-27-2010 11:29 PM

Looks like a perfectly cut circle. Hopefully the blood was from a splinter…

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#3 posted 03-27-2010 11:37 PM

Ya, know, mtkate .... I almost never know why I’m bleeding. I just seem to … suffer for my art :-)

The Grizzly uses an oddball size for its inserts. I started with a 3” hole saw, and then … got creative.

The pilot hole, for my hole saw, is roughly the same diameter as the non-business end of a Bic pen.

I stuck the end of the Bic into the hold in the Mahogany disc, and then moved the disc gingerly toward the spindle on my oscillating spindle sander.

Once it made light contact, I held the Bic firmly against the sander’s table, and—using a (non-bleeding) finger, slowly spun the disc around the Bic pivot point—taking off just a touch, a few times, until it was a snug press-fit on the band saw.

Then … the free-form drilling of the ZCI ensued … although … if what you’re cutting covers the entire ZCI … I’m not sure you’re really getting any dust collection through the insert…..

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 03-27-2010 11:40 PM


How thick?

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-27-2010 11:51 PM


Good question.

The stock I cut mine from is 0.130” thick.
The bulk of the OEM insert measures 0.160” thick.

If I tapped the shop-made ZCI all the way down, it wouldn’t be flush, but … it’s a tight enough fit that it sits nicely right at sea level.

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 03-28-2010 12:17 AM

It looks nice.

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#7 posted 03-28-2010 12:26 AM

detroit , huh ?

with a tag like ’ beaner ’ ,

i figured you for a lowrider from east L. A. !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jim Bertelson

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#8 posted 03-28-2010 03:03 AM

..........hey, you communicating from the Matrix…......Oh well….....some day I will replace my toy bandsaw….......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#9 posted 07-25-2012 12:29 AM

Ahhh, the requisite blood sacrifice.The ZCI should serve you well now that it has it’s price. ;)

-- So many tools, so little money. *heavy sigh*

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#10 posted 07-25-2012 01:03 AM

Incidentally I have a mahogany ZC insert for my table saw. It was handy.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#11 posted 07-25-2012 02:04 AM

Well dang.
I thought Neil was back. . . till I noticed this thread is 850 days old.

-- Michael :-{| Don't anthropomorphise your tools, they hate it when you do that.

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