Zero Clearance BS Plate

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Forum topic by will delaney posted 01-21-2012 04:30 PM 1009 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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will delaney

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01-21-2012 04:30 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bandsaw

I just purchased a zero clearance plate for my Grizzly bandsaw. With a tablesaw zero clearance plate you just raise the blade through the plate to make the kerf. What is the best way to set up the plate for a bandsaw? I do have 5 chances to get it right but the first time would be nice. Thanks for you help. Will

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 09:35 PM

Set the blade guides as normal, remove the blade, drop the upper arm to the new insert while it is in place, use the guide opening as a marking indicator, mark the new insert, put the blade back on the saw with the original plate in place, and saw the opening in the new plate.
That’s what I would do. There may be a better way…......but that’s what I did on my BS (not a Grizz though I wish).


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#2 posted 01-21-2012 09:51 PM

I simply used a straight edge to create a set of lines (straight edge against one side, then against the other) that were parallel TO my blade, popped out the ZCI, re-inserted the original plate, used IT as a base, and cut a slot about half-way across the diameter of the ZCI.

‘zat make sense ?

-- -- Neil

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