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post #1 of 8 Old 01-24-2013, 10:22 AM Thread Starter
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I bought a Skil brand scroll saw that has a plastic insert in middle of table that is not flush, does anyone know if you can replace the table or if there is a way to make the table flush so my work peace does not catch on the lip where the insert is
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I bought a Skil brand scroll saw that has a plastic insert in middle of table that is not flush, does anyone know if you can replace the table or if there is a way to make the table flush so my work peace does not catch on the lip where the insert is
Can you make your own zero clearance insert?
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The insert is already below the table by about .020"
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I will see if i can find a pic to show you
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I know what you are talking about, I have the same saw, but labors under a different name. Yeah, lots of people have complained about that insert in several reviews. Only thing you can really do is measure the depth of the recess in the table, and make a new insert out of wood the correct thickness
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I had a similar problem with my old 9" Craftsman bandsaw. This is what I did and it worked for me
0. Remove the blade
1. Take out the insert
2. Use Vaseline or some other release agent make a thick coat in the hole where the insert goes
3. Apply JB weld to the insert just where it comes in contact with the table
4 Squish the insert into the opening and use a straight edge to make sure it's flush to the table
5. Wait till the JB weld dries
6. Clean all the Vaseline off the parts

You just have to make sure you don't put too much JB weld that it drips and makes other problems. Maybe a piece of cardboard under the area would be a good idea? .

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I decided to drill and tap 3 holes in the lip that the insert sits on, i have 3 set screws that i used to adjust the insert. The metal casting was only machined on the to side, the lip was uneven by over .025" this took very little time and worked great
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Duct tape! A few layers around the bottom of the insert should bring it up to the right height. (KISS method)
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