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integrating INCRA jig parts & Craftsman TS & Router Part 3 [i] TS Shooter Board

This Part 3 Thread reviews how to apply the INCRA jig plans [My Shop Reference [4]] to the Craftsman Table Saw [TS]. The starting point for all the plans is the basic base described in Part 1 of this Thread [see photograph 1]. Its constituents are: a Zero Clearance insert; a T-Slot Panel Connector; A Small Build-It [B-It] Panel; a Miter Slider

That fact reinforces what I like about this kit – the one kit works for both the TS and the Fixed Base Router [FBR] I have mounted to the Router Table.
INCRA provides six jig plans for a TS. In what seems to me to be increasing order of complexity these are as follows:- (i) #005 Shooter Board Squaring Jig; (ii) #002 Bridged Cross-cut Box; [iii] #007Adjustable Angle Cross-Cut; [iv] #001 Adjustable Angle Cross-Cut with Drop Panel; [v] #008 Segmented Ring Jig; [vi] #006Tenoning Jig.
(i) #005 Shooter Board Squaring Jig
This was a perfect project to start off my experience with the INCRA kit. I soon realized that to be effective, modifications to the Plans to suit the Craftsman TS were both Necessary and Acceptable. Why Necessary? Two discoveries:-
[1] Plan #005 called for the remnant of the Large Panel to be used. However none of its Miter Slider hole rows would then put the Zero Clearance insert in the right place relative to the saw blade. So I kept the basic base as it was, and created extra width in the Shooter Board by fastening the remnant of the Large Panel next to the Small Panel via the second T-Slot Panel connector. The Fence was increased in length from 16” to 21” to suit the new width of the Board.
[2] With the TS safety features in place, the saw blade did not reach the workpiece! The arms of the Blade Guard interfered on the fence. The [simple] modification I made was to cut a notch 1.25”wide, 1.125” high at top right-hand corner of the fence. This eliminated the interference with the Blade Guard.
Acceptable – yes, absolutely – the jig does its job perfectly [see photographs 2 B-It #005 LH Guard raised and Figure 3B-It #005 LH Safety Guard in place- running through the notch].

A saw-tooth nick in the Miter Fence of the Table Saw is a constant visual reminder that Never Again will it be used as a Shooter Board now that the INCRA B-It jig #005 can be assembled in a couple of minutes!
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