Tips for Creating a Zero Clearance Plate - Router Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Zurt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Burt
Posts: 81
 
Default Tips for Creating a Zero Clearance Plate

My table saw is in need of a new ZCP. My bandsaw could use one as well. This is a good router project. I've got all kinds of wood. Are there any special tips or do I just cut a plate out and use a trim bit?

Thanks,
Burt
Zurt is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 05:37 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Country: United Kingdom
First Name: Simon
Posts: 52
 
Default

I have only made one for my table saw and I used plywood. The ply was thicker than the original plate so I had to rout a rebate around the edges to get the same thickness. Once I had a perfect fit I started the table saw and raised the height of the blade.

This has worked perfect for me ever since.

Cheers ,Si
chickenslippers is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 08:23 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Country: United States
First Name: James
Posts: 2,304
 
Default

Hi Burt.
You can use 1/2" MDF to make a zero clearance plate for you table saw. I have made many for my Delta saw. I use screws underneath where the tabs are it sits on for height adjustment. I also insert a cutoff finish nail in the end of the plate on the far side so the plate is not lifted by the blade in use.

I clamp a board over the plate to hold it down & raise the blade to make the zero clearance. Make sure your blade is not hitting the bottom side of the plate before you turn on the saw.

James
Whittier, CA.

Have a nice & safe day!
jlord is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-28-2011, 11:39 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Country: United States
First Name: N/a
Posts: 182
 
Default

I use HDPE scrap that I get for cheap at a plastic supply house. It's tough, easy to route, and will accept threads for leveling screws. You can also use cheap plastic cutting boards for the same thing.

Just cut it to rough size, double stick tape it to your original metal plate, and then flush trim on the table.
Tempest is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
Zurt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Burt
Posts: 81
 
Default

My current plate was made from cheap scrap plywood that I cut on the bandsaw. At that time, I didn't have a router so I sanded it to get it to shape. It's fugly and funky but it works. Kinda.

Now that I'm set up with a table and 3 routers I think it's time for a new plate. Just wasn't sure if there were some neat tricks. Guess it's all the obvious stuff.

Thanks for the advice,
Burt
Zurt is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 07:46 AM
Retired Moderator
 
TwoSkies57's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Bill
Posts: 6,019
   
Default

Burt...

Make up a several blanks while your at it...throw em on a shelf for later on.

"..... limited only by imagination"

"Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave"
Skipper the Penguin
TwoSkies57 is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 07:54 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,046
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoSkies57 View Post
Burt...

Make up a several blanks while your at it...throw em on a shelf for later on.
Good idea Bill. I made a template out of 1/4" MDF and saved that so I can whip them up pretty quick. Made me nervous running that close to the steel insert.

John Schaben

The problem with experience is I usually get it immediately after I need it.
jschaben is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 04:04 PM
Retired Moderator
 
BigJimAK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Country: United States
First Name: Jim
Posts: 3,503
     
Default

John,

Didja use the steel insert to make the template?

Jim

Check out that new high-tech cordless router.. wireless and no recharging required!!
BigJimAK is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-29-2011, 04:08 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Country: United States
First Name: John
Posts: 3,046
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BigJimAK View Post
John,

Didja use the steel insert to make the template?

Jim
yep, spaced it up with a couple of scraps of 1/4" MDF and carpet tape though. Still made me nervous

John Schaben

The problem with experience is I usually get it immediately after I need it.
jschaben is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-01-2011, 03:14 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Country: United States
First Name: Jay
Posts: 15
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tempest View Post
I use HDPE scrap that I get for cheap at a plastic supply house. It's tough, easy to route, and will accept threads for leveling screws. You can also use cheap plastic cutting boards for the same thing.

Just cut it to rough size, double stick tape it to your original metal plate, and then flush trim on the table.
A few folks on another forum have reported that HDPE and UHMW tend to sag after a while.

I'm probably going to order some phenolic from McMaster when I get ready for some new inserts. $35ish buys a sheet of the plain brown paper phenolic that's 12x24; enough for six inserts for my saw. Or three inserts and a new router plate. Or two plates and no inserts. Or...
At any rate, it averages out to a pretty reasonable price for nice plates that won't sag. If I need to chop one up during use (angle cuts, dado steck, etc.), I have a couple of 1/2 MDF plates.
Cavediver is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Build an economy table top and install a mounting plate Mike Table-mounted Routing 93 01-15-2016 10:52 AM
Router Plate Installation Rutabagared Project Plans and How To 11 01-14-2012 07:15 PM
Old Rockler aluminum mounting plate inserts Mike Table-mounted Routing 0 07-07-2009 09:57 PM
Mounting a router plate questions / tips? Nickbee Table-mounted Routing 3 11-29-2007 10:26 AM
router table top delroy33 General Routing 18 07-30-2006 04:53 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome