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Upgrading my Table Saw


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I have a  Mastercraft table saw bought from Canadian Tire a few years ago.

It needed a zero clearance insert plate as the one supplied accommodated angle cuts and it also sat below the deck surface which caused me some grief.

I made my new plate out of oak... good and hard and flush with the table top, and it has made a world of difference.

 

I then made a Cross Cut Sled and added an adjustable stop block.  To improve on this I mounted my old (never used again) vernier caliper instead of a measuring tape.  The pin that locks the fixed end of the vernier is an old worn out drill bit.  So a drilled the hole with a new one and I knew it would be a perfect fit.  The moving side is locked to the stop block by a profile plate on one side and a rotating locking cam on the other.  As an after thought I drilled another hole to keep the cam Allen Key in as I am sure I would spend 20 minutes or more looking for it otherwise.

 

This vernier reads to only two decimal places and has an accuracy of only +/- 0.01 inches.  This is fine enough for quite a few of my cuts.

The saw can only be raised 1-1/2 inches for this sled so it will be used on small stuff.

 

I did not invent this sled... I found a version on YouTube and made some small improvement.

1 ZERO CLEARANCE PLATE.jpg

2 xCUT SLED WITH VERNIER STOP.jpg

3 xCUT SLED WITH VERNIER STOP.jpg

5 xCUT SLED WITH VERNIER STOP.jpg

7 xCUT SLED WITH VERNIER STOP.jpg

9 xCUT SLED WITH VERNIER STOP.jpg

10 xCUT SLED WITH VERNIER STOP.jpg

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"too much time on my hands" ?

 

If it hadn't be for me wasting an afternoon surfing You Tube I would have thought much about the sled.

I started surfing because I just couldn't live with the sunken and too wide a gap shoe plate and needed to make a new useful one.

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