I Think I've come up with a way to make a zero clearence insert for the TS-2424. I used the insert that comes with the saw and cut a peice to wood about 2 1/8" X 11 1/4" the wood was about 5/16" thick. I lad the wood on tyhe underside of the insert and held it firm the traced the opening. I cut away all the excess with the blade set at the thickness of the insert. Using a file it rounded the end so it fit snug. I help the wood in place with carpet tape then. Placed the rearend of the insert in and holding the forward end above the blade, I started the saw and lowered the insert in to place. Once it was all the way down I stoped the saw. Move the fence over the insert to hold it down started the saw and razed the blace al the up. It seames to work good. Best of all it cost be nothing since I used scrap wood.
I did buy a zero clearence insert for a woodworking suppy house. But I did'nt like the way it flexed over the blade. The one I made does not. If you have any questions about this Email me At. email@example.com I may be able to scan the insert and eamil that to you. Just an Tip that works for me. [img]smile.gif[/img]
I did pretty much the same thing, except:
I drilled four small holes through the top of the Ridgid insert, and then counter-sunk the top of the holes. I used small counter-sunk machine screws to hold the wood insert (be careful of the placement so as not to interfere with the workings under the insert). The screws were countersunk into the top so my work slides right over them.
I bolted on a piece of 1/4" hardboard underneath the Ridgid insert, but then I trimmed a piece of 1/8” hardboard to fit the insert slot, which I glued into place.
The rest of the process is the same as yours. I made several inserts for both my cutting insert and dato insert this way.
I've done the same thing you guys did. I took the throat plate and used it as a template on my router table to cut the inserts. Works great. I have about 10 inserts on the wall ready to use. I used masking tape to fine adjust the insert level with the table top.
Like you said, "Best of all it cost nothing."
I'm a newbi, so what is a zero clearance insert used for?
Its an insert that has an opening only as wide was the kerf of the blade. If help with dust collection an if you cutting thin strips there is less chance of the wood being pulled inbetween the blade and insert you would normaly have. They are very useful and farly easy to make. When you make or buy one its solid, you lower you saw blade ti it lowest point put the insert in place, Move your rip fence over the insert(to keep in in place)being sure not to move it so far that the blade will hit it, then start the saw and slowly start turning the hight adjustmant wheel up untill the blade is at it's hightest point. With a Ridgid TS2424 you have to hold the insert above the blade start the saw lower the insert on to the blade untill in insert is flush with the table then stop the saw move the rip fence over and finish turning the blace up. If you've never used one then do it like you have a new saw. Hope this helps.
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How do you safely lower the insert down over the spinning blade? What is there about the TS2424 that makes this necessary? It would appear that the technique of holding it in place with the rip fence would be the safest. As I am getting ready to purchase a dado blade for my saw, I would be interested in the best safe way to create a zero clearance insert. Thanks.
The problem with the Ridgid TS2412 and TS2412 is that the 10” blade will not lower below the table enough to allow you to insert a blank insert without the slot. Some users, as mentioned, will gently and carefully lower their new blank insert on to the spinning blade. I’m with you- this sounds scary.
What I did is to put a smaller blade on the saw (maybe the one off of your circular saw, if it fits the arbor). With a smaller diameter blade lowered all the way, a blank insert will now lay flat. You tighten the insert screw, turn on the saw, and then slowly raise the blade into the blank insert. Once a slot is cut, put your 10” blade back on.
If you’re worried about a zero-clearance on a dato set, you don’t need to be. I think the largest dato set is 8”, and when lowered to the lowest point you should have plenty of room to put your new zero clearance blank onto the saw.
Side note- While a zero-clearence insert will give you cleaner cuts, it will make the saw noisier.
Thanks Greg. The thought of having my hands anywhere near a spinning blade was too much. I will try the smaller blade trick when I make one. It is a good safe suggestion. As far as the noise, I always wear over the ear hearing protectors, so it won't matter much. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Thanks to ALL on making a ZERO clearance insert.. I have been looking for a"store bought" but no one list it for TS2412. Now I can make some for my TS2412 as there is a NEED at times,, Thanks AGAIN dd :D :D :D :D :cool:
I've changed the way I make my zero clearence insert. I use 3/4" stock. It work out well. and I've even found a way to cut the slot with otu having ti hold the insert and lower it on to the blade. It works great anf there is on flex in the insert. It takes some time. You should have a good sander like the Ridgid EB4424 and a router. Liek to know how it done? Send me a Email. I let you know. ;) ;) ;) [img]smile.gif[/img] [img]smile.gif[/img]