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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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  • Articulated Dust Port Cover For the Ryobi BT3000 Table Saw

    Articulated Dust Port Cover For the Ryobi BT3000 Table Saw

    This accessory for the BT3000 (BT3K) is intended to complete the process to enclose the cabinet of the BT3K. The purpose of this exercise is twofold. First, by closing up as many of the large openings in the cabinet as possible, better dust extraction can be done within the shrouded blade area. This should also help keep dust out of the motor. Secondly, the more openings in that are closed, the less noise should escape and thus make the saw quieter to operate. The first part of this exercise was undertaken by creating a “belly pan” to close off the bottom of the cabinet and to collect any dust that didn’t get collected via the saw’s dust port. At that time, the triangular openings in the top front and rear of the cabinet were closed off and the vent slots on the left side of the cabinet were closed as well. This cover project will close off the remaining large opening leaving just the motor vent on the right side of the cabinet, the slot in the throat plate, and the crescent shaped slot in the front of the cabinet that the tilt/elevation hand wheel operates in....
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  • SMT Mounted Tenon Jig

    SMT Mounted Tenon Jig

    SMT Mounted Tenon Jig
    By Mark “Black Walnut” Stripes

    Since the Ryobi BT3 series of table saws does not have a miter slot users are forced to make their own tenon jigs. While building the first prototype I decided that the best way to make it move laterally was to attach it to the SMT using the front t-slot. This jig features micro-adjustment as well as adjustments for different angled tenons. ...
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  • Making a friction holder for miter slots

    Making a friction holder for miter slots

    Originally Posted by Don Hart in the category Fence Attachments

    We have all seen those holders made of plastic that when tightened expand and hold in the miter slot by friction. We the following instructions are how to easily make them yourself. These can be used for many purposed from holding a featherboard to holding a jig or anything else you can think of. ...
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  • Full Extension Hardwood Drawer Slides

    Full Extension Hardwood Drawer Slides

    Full Extension Hardwood Drawer Slides – By Mark Stripes

    This jig enhances safety while milling hardwood lower drawer slides. It is made out of 1⁄2" Baltic birch plywood. Overall dimensions are 10" by 21 3/4". I made a handle at the front edge out of a block of walnut 4/4 by 2" by 6" with a 1⁄2" cove for the grip section and a 1/4" round over on all top corners. The toggle clam hold down block is 1⁄2" by 2" by 6" with a slot 5/16" wide to allow for adjustment. The toggle clamp is held onto this block with 2 #10-32tpi x1/2" machine screws. On the back of this block 2 “t-nuts” are set in so as to be flush. The slot for the saw blade is 1/4" wide. The slots for the end hold down and the toggle clamp hold down are both 5/16" wide with a channel 1⁄2" wide centered just deep enough to capture the bolt heads. To cut these slots affix a fence to your panel, install a 5/16" bit into your router and cut the slot, then without moving the fence change to a 1⁄2" straight cutter, set your depth to the thickness of your bolt head, cut the 2nd slot. Remove the fence, and repeat for other slot. To mill the 1/4" slot set you fence on your router table so that the center of your 1/4" straight cutter is 9/16" from the fence. Mark your stock for where you want to begin and end the slot. Turn on router, align your starting mark with the bit and lower the panel onto the cutter, and cut until you reach the stop line. Allow a couple of inches on each end of this slot so that you will be able to use the edge of the jig to track against your rip fence while cutting the slides, as shown here: ...
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  • Wide Crosscut Fence For The BT3000

    Wide Crosscut Fence For The BT3000

    Wide Crosscut Fence for BT3000
    Designed by Jim Frye
    This fence is used to extend the crosscut capacity of the Sliding Miter Table (SMT) from 16 inches to 23 1⁄2 inches. The design was originally done to address a question someone had asked on the Ryobi toolforum about cross cutting wide panels. After several people had attempted to add a fence to the front edge of the SMT and had drilled holes in the table to do so, some folks argued that there ought to be a way to accomplish the mountin...
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  • Ryobi BT3000 Router Fence Construction Notes

    Ryobi BT3000 Router Fence Construction Notes

    Ryobi BT3000 Router Fence Construction Notes Design by Jim Frye This router fence is designed for use with the Ryobi BT3000 rip fence. It is essentially a hollow wooden box that attaches to the top T-slots of the rip fence and encloses the router bit that is mounted in the BT3K accessory table. The fence has a chip collection port at the right end of the fence to be used with a 2 1/2”diameter shop vac hose. The fence also has an adjustable guard for the bit opening, a 6”high fence for handling vertical work pieces and for clamping hold downs, and threaded inserts in the fence face for the attachment of accessory jigs like a pivot pin or a jointer fence. The rip fence remains usable with this router fence mounted. ...
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  • Folding Outfeed Table for BT3000

    Folding Outfeed Table for BT3000

    Folding Outfeed Table for BT3000 Designed by Jim Frye When I first purchased a table saw, the first thing I knew I’d need was an outfeed table for it. The BT3000 didn’t have one and anything I’d seen on the after-market was intended for a cabinet saw. I’d seen shop-built outfeed tables in several of the wood working magazines and decided to make my own. I found a discarded file cabinet top from a Steelcase unit that was 18”by 30”by 1 3/16” thick. It was made of MDF and covered in off white lamin...
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  • BT3000 Shop-made Extension Table

    BT3000 Shop-made Extension Table

    Materials: Top 1-1⁄4” MDF, Ends 1⁄4” plywood, “Packing” 1/8” MDF. 10 x 1” x NO.8 C/S screws. 4 x “User kit” knobs/nuts, 4 x 5/16” fender washers. ...
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  • The OZ/YANK Router Fence

    The OZ/YANK Router Fence

    Originally Posted by Rod Kirby and Randy Atkinson The OZ/YANK Router Fence By Rod Kirby & Randy Atkinson Rod made the brackets and sent them to me. I modified the rear one to slide past Quick- Fold Outfeed Table. I trimmed 1⁄4" off the bottom of the back and cut 1⁄4 slots, so the bracket could slide up and down over the bolts attached to the rear rail. The fence is 1" MDF (back) 37" L X 4" H, with 3⁄4" face of MDF and Rockler High Density Plastic. The base is Baltic Birch 21 3...
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  • BT3000 Rip Fence Featherboard Add-On

    BT3000 Rip Fence Featherboard Add-On

    Originally Posted by Fred Hutchinson in the category Fence Attachments

    I have constructed an add-on to my BT3000 rip fence to hold two featherboards. I will eventually get around to making my own feather boards, making this is truly a hand made jig. For now, I will use the plastic feather boards from Bench Dog (www.benchdog.com).

    I used toilet T bolts and then epoxy to secure a washer then had to do a little grinding on the bench grinder to get a good fit for the slot on top of the rip fence. I got the aluminum T slot from WoodPeckers (www.woodpeck.com). ...
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  • An Easy Way To Make ZCTPs For The Ryobi BT3000

    An Easy Way To Make ZCTPs For The Ryobi BT3000

    Originally Posted by Tim Kuchta in the category Miscellaneous Jigs & Fixtures

    An Easy Way to Make Zero Clearance Throat Plates For the Ryobi BT3000SX If you are not satisfied with the factory throat plates for your BT3K, here's an easy way to churn out zero-clearance throat plates in bulk for your BT3000. If you have a router mounted in the accessory table, so much the better. The one modification you will need to make to your saw is to tap the 4 holes in the inner area around the blade. If you make throat plates this way you will never need the three primary holes again. I believe I threaded mine for #10 screws, but #8 screws might provide a better fit. You can whip out several of these in an hour. There are seven easy to follow steps to making them: Rip your stock to width, cut it to length(s), mill the outer lip on the sides, mill the larger lip on each end, mill the recessed areas around the screw holes, drill the four countersunk holes in the milled plate and finish the throat plate with a few coats of paste wax. ...
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