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  • BT3000/BT3100 tall rip fence simple using fence clamps

    BT3000/BT3100 tall rip fence simple using fence clamps

    BT3000 tall rip fence

    09-12-2021, 07:58 PM
    I have had a tall BT3000 fence for a number of years, I should have used it a few days ago but I didn't because it was too much trouble, And I paid the price as the tall item was a little unstable and I had a hard time controlling it as the two pieces separated and wallowed out a bigger kerf than I wanted at one place.

    Anyway the BT3000 tall fence is generally held on by the T-slots in the side of the rip fence. This is...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 10-29-2021, 02:21 AM.

  • Extending rails/rail profiles

    Extending rails/rail profiles

    I am finally going to use my BT3000 extension rails.
    My objective is to have some easily attachable rail extensions rather than a full time wide BT3000 using two full rails taking up a lot of space and requiring table support under the right side as many do.
    I just want some wider support but not to do full 4x8 sheets of ply... if I need that, I'll break the sheet down on some sawhorses with a circ saw and some guides.

    I think I am going to cut my extension...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 09-13-2021, 01:08 AM.

  • Thingamajig


    One of my early attempts at making mallets had me thinking how badly things could end up if my piece got away from me while cutting so I came up with this little jig sled to secure my work while cutting a 30° bevel on the end of the head.
    A simple flat piece of 1/2” birch plywood with a fence squared to bot the sled and blade with gussets on one side and push type toggle clamps on the other. Right now I have to manually place the stop block with double sided tape but working on a t track...
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  • LarryG's Dual-Width Extension Wing

    LarryG's Dual-Width Extension Wing

    Around the middle of 2006, I came up with an idea for an extension wing for my BT3100 table saw that solved some particular problems I had in my then-shop. The design worked well, and about a year later, on May 6, 2007, I started a thread on the old bt3central.com discussion forum and shared my design with the other members.

    I called it the Dual-Width Extension wing, and you can see it here:


    Almost immediately,...
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  • Shopmade sanding blocks

    Shopmade sanding blocks

    Whilst cleaning up I found an old BT3central post by ejs1097 I printed out from a while back. I had forgotten about it.

    I made some changes and whipped out a few in a couple of evenings.
    What I liked about them was they hold the sandpaper tight and snug, the bought ones the paper works loose and sags and gets caught and tears.
    Also easy and cheap. Also has a square end for sanding into corners and a radius to do curves. I did modify the block so it used thicker stock...
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    Last edited by LCHIEN; 06-28-2022, 01:54 AM.

  • BT3000 x 2 Frankensaw

    BT3000 x 2 Frankensaw

    Thanks to all of the great examples I saw on this forum, I decided that buying extension rails for my BT3000 would be silly when for less money I could find a used BT3000 to add to mine. Less money, and in addition to the rails I wanted, I had another complete saw, router table section, fence, sliding miter table, etc., and a far more useful saw overall. I really love some of the beautiful bases that some people have made for their Frankensaws, but I wanted to get the saws functioning to use for ...
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  • BT3000 Quick Fold Table and Manual

    BT3000 Quick Fold Table and Manual

    I have attached the manual for those who requested it. I found this a useful accessory. Its a fairly heavy table about the width of the BT3000 and maybe just a bit deeper than the top of the BT3. The front attaches to the rear rail at two points of the BT3 and has a slightly beveled front to that the workpeices coming off the saw don't catch. There's a hinge right behind the rear rail which fastens to the bottom of the rear rail via T-slot using T-nuts and bolts (the hinge is articulated so...
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  • Zero Clearance Throat Plates with Levelers

    Zero Clearance Throat Plates with Levelers

    Custom Zero-Clearance Throat Plates With Levelers It occurred to me almost instantly to tap out the 4 holes underneath the TP to a 10-24 thread. I had kind of cussed under my breath at the Ryobi factory for not tapping this there and adding the screws to my parts package. I also wondered why I hadn’t seen this adjustment in the manual. I guess that was not the their intended purpose. ...
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  • A Tenon Jig for the Ryobi BT3000

    A Tenon Jig for the Ryobi BT3000

    Originally Posted by Highland Hardware in the category Traditional Table Saw Jigs - BT3000 Style A multi-purpose tenon jig like the one shown here is easy to build and easy to use on the BT3000. The jig is designed to ride on the rip fence, providing the capability for sliding movement accurately parallel to the blade as well as very easy positioning for centered or offset tenons, lap joints and bridle joints. The vertical tenoning fence can be removed and replaced with a right-angle cradle for splining miters, either individual pieces or assembled frames. An H-2 toggle clamp (see the clamp section of our main catalog) secures stock quickly and releases it instantly after cutting. ...
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  • BT3x00 Wide Ripping Jig

    BT3x00 Wide Ripping Jig

    Without rail extensions the BT3x00 only rips up to a width of approximately 19". Unless of course you move the rails over, which means "re-calibrating" the rails afterwards. I put this jig together this afternoon and can now rip well beyond 24" in width. I shaped the bottom of the 3/4" thick slats so that the protrusion fit snugly in the upper slot of the front and rear rails. A shorter piece was screwed and glued to the end of those to raise the jig's fence so it will clear the auxiliary table. The ...
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  • JimD's Extension tables (with miter gauge slots)

    JimD's Extension tables (with miter gauge slots)

    One of the key disadvantages to the BT3000 and BT3100 is the very small surface areas to support wood being cut. This is obvious to anybody looking at these saws and probably contributes a lot to the fact that they did not sell at the volume their quality deserves. Fortunately, there is a relatively easy and inexpensive way to address this weakness - make yourself extension tables to increase the table size to whatever you need. I have used this construction method to make three tables so far. Th...
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  • Turning off BT3*00 from left side; another view

    Turning off BT3*00 from left side; another view

    After reading Ed62’s article I was invigorated. During my first use of my new 21829, I felt the need for left side turn off and Ed had supplied an answer. I sat before my saw and considered Ed’s solution. Good, but I thought I saw another approach. I wanted a switch that could be easily added or removed, one that interfered with saw function to a minimal extent and one that could be adjusted to eliminate any slop in my construction efforts. (This is important; I received my training as an electrical...
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  • Turning off BT3*00 from left side

    Turning off BT3*00 from left side

    After searching this site, and not being able to find an easy way to turn off the BT3*00 from the left side, I decided to post the very easy, very inexpensive, and quick solution I designed for mine. It is made from ¾” PVC pipe, elbows, a tee, and 2 short pieces of ¾” hardwood dowel. I did not glue the parts together, but they have a tight fit. If you prefer to use glue, please do, but make certain it will work (without modification), by dry fitting the assembly, and trying it before gluing. W...
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  • Drill Powered Drum Sander for BT3000

    Drill Powered Drum Sander for BT3000

    Drill Powered Drum Sander for BT3000 Designed by Jim Frye This setup is based on an old Portalign drill accessory and a 3/4” plywood router mounting plate. The Portalign is a useful little gadget, but adding the router plate gave it added stability. I didn’t have a drill press when I put this together, so this rig allowed me to sand curves in wood with better control than hand sanding. I routed a 1/2” deep recess in the under side of the plate to receive the Portalign base and used the two mounting holes in the base to secure it to the plate with flat head machine screws and nuts. Using the Portalign’s depth stop as a height adjuster, you can set the height of the sanding drum relative to the BT3K table. Note the four steel washers epoxied to the underside of the mounting plate to provide crush protection when the plate is bolted to the BT3K table. I believe the Portalign is no longer marketed, but Wolfcraft makes a modified version of a drill guide. ...
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  • Making a Polyethylene Featherboard

    Making a Polyethylene Featherboard

    Originally Posted by Don Hart in the category Fence Attachments Making a polyethylene featherboard By Don Hart You may have seen those plastic featherboards that are sold commercially at places like Woodworkers Warehouse or one of the online suppliers. They usually start at about $15 and the prices just go up from there. ...
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