On 2/22/2013 5:21 PM, James engstrom wrote:
> i am looking for a throat plate for my unisaw i remember Norm had an
aluminum one that held wooden inserts any idea where i can find that? i
have googled already and had very few results..if not that one then what
else do people use?
I liked that metal one with the replaceable inserts, but it was/is not
available (for the saw I had then, Powermatic 63, or for my present
Grizzly G0691, that I love!) So I (a) bought some of the wooden inserts,
so I would know the "standard" dimensions, and (b) milled an aluminum
plate using those, using my mini-mill. I did that for the first saw. I
later sold that, moved up to the Grizz, and I intend (getting around
some health problems) to make one for it. As a metalworking project it
is pretty trivial, except that the piece is longer than my mini-mill can
conveniently work, I had to make two setups and cuts to cut the sides of
the plate. The round ends are trivial with a rotary table for the mill.
So if you have a friend (or yourself) who does any metalworking I
suggest that. I don't know what a machine shop would charge to do it,
though, probably too much...
I do have some fiberboard plates I quickly made for the Grizz, but the
aluminum one with inserts is definitely the way I want to get back to.