I usually run a slot on the underside of the insert with the outer
blades from a dado set, just to give it enough relief for the 10"
blade to fit.
Then I clamp on a piece of waste stock over the insert, clamp it down,
and run the 10" blade up very slowly.
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Thomas J.Watson - Cabinetmaker (ret.)
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I can't believe how much controversy this question generated, but I really
do appreciate all the different opinions. I have many smaller blades at my
disposal including both circular and dado cutters. I don't know why I
didn't think to mount a smaller blade first, but that's the method I'm going
to use. While the first suggestion may work, I'm personally just not
comfortable lowering such a small piece of material onto a spinning blade --
not when I could just use a smaller blade and the clamp down method to get
the same result.
ya know, mike... that's the beauty of groups like this... the things
that one person hadn't thought of are the "been there, done that's" of
others in the group...
I've only been following rec.woodworking for about 3 weeks,
(recommended by 3 guys in a Dodge NG!), but the tricks, short cuts and
safety stuff I've learned here have helped me so much...
Just bookmarking the pages of some of the folks in the group with
skills that I envy is like having a wood working course on disk!!
just back from an extended hiatus from the wreck
I haven't read the enter thread, but here's my solution ...
1. adjust your current insert so it sits slightly BELOW the table top
(i.e., not flush) and lower the blade all the way down
2. sit your new insert on top of the old insert - it will fit right in
and and sit flat, but won't move
3. place a board on top and clamp down
4. start the TS and raise the blade to cut the slot in the new insert
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