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Forum topic by Mark Shymanski posted 10-31-2010 06:29 AM 789 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Shymanski

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10-31-2010 06:29 AM

Topic tags/keywords: kibitzing

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder…it sure seems to be true about me and my shop, I’ve had very little time in it for the last several months; life and work seem to be taking up a huge amount of time lately:-(

Today was great, Jen was at work, the kids were with the sitter and I had three glorious hours to putter! I changed oil in the snow blower before there was a panic to clear the driveway, I rehung the bikes so there is more room to work in the shop, I used a tip I learned here to create a method to trim down my drawer bottoms carefully and in a controlled fashion so they fit properly!

I now appreciate the need for a ZCI for the tablesaw, I just can’t create one for the model of Craftsman saw I have….maybe that is a good enough reason to buy a new TS!

All in all a great time in the shop, I just hope it won’t be months before I get another shot at time there :-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2


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BigTiny

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#1 posted 10-31-2010 09:42 AM

Hi Mark.

If the Craftsman TS has a removable insert, you can make a xero clearance one for it. Simply buy a replacement dado insert and make a secondary insert to fit under it with a routered top to fit the dado insert. This sub assembly can then be replaced the same as any ZCI when it wears out. A bit costlier than most, but if it works and you need one, there it is.

Hope this helps. Say “hi” to your brother for me.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Napaman

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#2 posted 10-31-2010 05:46 PM

wow—-three great posts!! clearly a good day…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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twokidsnosleep

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#3 posted 10-31-2010 06:10 PM

Love those free time hours, they are hard to come by for an involved family guy.
Have a search on here for zci for craftsman saws…I made one for mine, but it wasn’t easy due to the weird support shapes on the RHS of the blade and no support on the LHS.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 10-31-2010 07:09 PM

twokids, you called it a weird shape for the underlying ‘support’. The dado insert that comes with the saw is laughable the gap between the saw and the blade is bigger than the blade dimension, its is more of a notch than a ZCI LOL!

To be honest BigTiny and hadn’t worked accurately enough to see the need for a ZCI until this cabinet project. Generally I’ve been working oversize and planing stuff back to get the crisp edges I need (maybe explains why I don’t get things done too quickly), but working with this very chippy baltic birch plywood has made me see the advantages of a ZCI…although I guess my routering the edges is getting rid of the ugly cross grain tear out I got anyway. I’ll say Hi to Bill for you!

Yes it was a great day in the shop, hopefully more soon!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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twokidsnosleep

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#5 posted 10-31-2010 10:21 PM

I added a wood rim on the LHS of the blade of my craftsman saw for the zci to sit on.
Fire up a photo of your saw on here and maybe we can figure something out.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 11-01-2010 02:23 PM

I’ll try and get a picture up; and the model number of the saw. Appreciate the help.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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