| >> Hi,
| >> I bought a zero clearance insert for my Unisaw. This is the first
| >> I've owned one, and I'm a bit puzzled as to how to make the slot.
| >> first instinct was to lower the blade completely under the table,
| >> the power, then slowly raise the blade with the new insert in
| >> However, even when the blade is at its lowest point, the bottom of
| >> insert hits it. I couldn't possibly run the saw this way to get
| >> started.
| >> What am I missing??
| >> TIA
| >> -m
| >You aren't missing anything (yet).
| >Just lay the ZCTP into the opening (with the saw blade fully
| >Carefully(!) hold the plate up with your fingers and start the saw
| >Be VERY careful now -- you want to continue "not missing anything"!
| >Lightly / gingerly / (insert your own phrase ) lower the plate onto
| >whirling blade. Press it on down 'til it lays level in the throat.
| >Now begin to raise the blade on through the plate.
| >WHen you have it cut through, turn off the saw and remove the new
| >clearance throat plate. Take a sharp chisel to the bottom side to
| >the accumulated crud-stuff.
| >While care and good fortune you will still "not be missing anything"
| >you'll have your ZCTP ready for use :-)
| You, sir, lack common sense. You have described an excellent way to
| finger or two.
| Use a smaller blade to start the cut. An 8-1/4" works fine, as does an
8" off a
| dado set. Even a 7-1/4" off a circular saw will do well in a pinch.
| Make sure the zero clearance insert is held (I clamp a piece of 2x4
| wide side down). Raise the small blade into the insert, until it is
| raised. Shut the saw down. Lower that blade and change to a 10".
| process, including the holddown.
| Do not EVER use your bare hands to place an item onto a spinning
| Charlie Self
| "When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue
| hereditary." Thomas Paine
LISTEN TO CHARLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!