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  • A Featherboard For The Rip Fence

    A Featherboard For The Rip Fence

    Featherboard for the rip fence – this is the result. By Rod Kirby

    I remembered that I had bought (years ago) a Woodhaven “Hold Down” (still available: part# 211, page 21 in their Fall 1999 catalog $17.99). Everything you see (except the knobs/washers, tee nuts & wood) is supplied by Woodhaven. All you have to do is make the wooden support – it’s a snap! ...
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  • Shopmade Handles For The BT3000

    Shopmade Handles For The BT3000

    Originally Posted by J.P. Honeywell in the category BT3000 Modifications & Enhancements A very effective and inexpensive retractable handle system can be made using (4) 3/4“ 1/4-20 u-bolts and (2) 3/4” x 36” black pipe (use longer pipe if you have the wide-table kit). You will also need an additional (4) 1/4-20 nuts. You will also need the Caster The corner bolts on the right side of the stand are almost perfectly spaced for the u-bolts. I found that by threading the 1/4-20 nuts all the way onto o...
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  • BT3000 Miscellaneous Improvements

    BT3000 Miscellaneous Improvements

    These are some of the first things I did after I bought the BT3K (7 years ago).
    1. The Handle. The Handle was needed so I could mount the fence and have enough room for the “Fast track” along the top. The handle is a piece of striated 1-¼” curtain rod – perfect for the job. The tee nut is set in a counter bore slightly less than the thickness of the tee nut. This means that as you tighten the handle, the tee nut binds on the fence. If the counter bore was any deeper the tightening action would draw
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  • Rod Kirby's Miter Slot For The BT3000

    Rod Kirby's Miter Slot For The BT3000

    Rod Kirby’s Miter Slot (Fence) For the Ryobi BT3000

    Hey Guys, this is not a difficult thing to make – but it takes a lot of words to describe how to do it. Use the photos with all this text, and I’m sure you’ll find it very straight forward. ...
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  • BT3000 Safer Power Switch Modification

    BT3000 Safer Power Switch Modification

    BT3000 Safer Power Switch Modification by Jim Frye This add on to the BT3000 came about from a question on the tool forum concerning problems turning the saw off in an emergency situation. I have “missed” the switch cover many times because I was concentrating on the spinning saw blade, the work piece, the cut off, and my left hand. The stock BT3K switch cover is only 2.25 square inches in area and positioned where it is, can be a difficult target to hit the first time. There is a large switch on the market that measures something like 12” square, but my tool budget is a bit pinched. I came up with what amounts to an extension for the stock switch cover. I used a 6” wide by 10” long piece of thin rigid plastic. This produces a larger target of 60 square inches. This could be 1/8” plexiglas or thinner also. It doesn’t have to be very strong, just stiff enough to cause the switch to turn off when struck. It also can’t be very heavy or it will turn the saw off by it’s own weight. This cover extension is mounted on the existing cover with double sided carpet tape. This tape has fabric in it and is very strong. The extension could also be mounted with small screws and nuts if they were positioned to clear the switch mounting screws under the cover. The extension is mounted with 1” of it above the existing switch cover and centered on the cover. The bottom of the extension is then flush with bottom of the upper horizontal stand rail. This arrangement allows the entire cover to be raised to turn the saw on, or to remove the screws that hold the switch in the cabinet. It’s easy enough to slip your hand under the cover and turn the saw on without completely raising the cover. The larger surface area of this cover makes it easy to blindly reach down and shut off the saw with out looking. ...
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  • Ryobi BT3000 Stop Block Construction Notes

    Ryobi BT3000 Stop Block Construction Notes

    Ryobi BT3000 Stop Block Construction Notes By Jim Frye
    1. Begin by cutting four pieces of 3⁄4-inch thick stock 2-1/4 inches square. The stop block will be stronger if it is made from plywood, but any hard wood will work satisfactorily.
    2. Glue the four blocks together, clamping until the glue has cured. It is easier to glue two blocks together and then join the two glue-ups together after the first glue-up has cured. If the block is being made from plywood, rotate the plys so that every ply is 90 degrees to the next ply on the adjoining block. If the block is being made from solid hardwood, orient the grain so that all four blocks are the aligned the same.
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  • Ehnanced SMT Aluminium Extension

    Ehnanced SMT Aluminium Extension

    Hi Guys, you know how one thing leads to another... After I completed the SMT Aluminum Extension (see previous posts), I tried to remember some of the things I had wanted to do if I had a removable miter fence – like now. The so-called “special-purpose” fences. ...
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  • SMT Mounted Taper Jig

    SMT Mounted Taper Jig

    Not another Taper jig! Well, I had fun making it – and it works... -By Rod Kirby Although I designed this for my Aluminum SMT Extension (see SMT Extension), you can also run it along the rip fence. As built, there is 20-3⁄4” between the front of the saw and the miter fence bracket. ...
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  • SMT Aluminium Extension For The BT3000

    SMT Aluminium Extension For The BT3000

    SMT Aluminium extension for the BT3000 See also V1.1 for a useful modification By Rod Kirby This is a follow on from my Miter slot fence (see previous posts). At the time I set up the slot, I made a new miter fence to use with the slot. The new fence is the same height as the one I attached to the original Ryobi fence and uses the same “T” track. This means that I could use all the sliding jigs I already had, for the new fence. I wanted to have something I could attach to the SMT that would let me use the new fence (and maybe others). Looking at Jim Frye’s pics (on Sam’s site), I figured that this was the way to go – with thanks to Jim, this is the result. I trust the photos let you see how easy it is to make....
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  • Notes On "Ripstrate" Used With The Ryobi BT3000

    Notes On "Ripstrate" Used With The Ryobi BT3000

    Originally Posted by Charlie Oppeneimer in the category Fence Attachments

    Notes on "Ripstrate" used with Ryobi BT3000

    Charlie Oppenheimer (charlio1@pacbell.net)
    Feb, 2001

    The Ripstrate is a nice tablesaw add-on (www.trend-lines.com, part # RS1, $39.95). It does three things: Holds the work down, pulls the work towards straight towards the rip fence and provides modest anti- kickback protection. I had previously used “Board Buddies”, but have since abandoned their use in favor of this solution. ...
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  • BT3000 Jig Saw Mount

    BT3000 Jig Saw Mount

    BT3000 Jig Saw Mount Designed by Jim Frye This setup uses an old Jig Saw and a 3/4” thick plywood router mounting plate. The mounting plate is cut and relieved to hold the base of the jig saw against the underside of the BT3K accessory table. Since this was a spare jigsaw, it is permanently mounted in the plate with adhesive. Different saws will require different cutting and relieving and could conceivably be mounted with screws and nuts to facilitate removal from the plate. Thus, there are no draw...
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  • An Improved Blade Guard and Splitter

    An Improved Blade Guard and Splitter

    My personal objectives in making this were:
    1. Maintain Safety
    2. Be easy-on, easy-off
    3. Provide for the most used (at least for me) position of the saw blade ie 90 degrees.
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  • Another Polyethylene Featherboard

    Another Polyethylene Featherboard

    Originally Posted by Don Hart in the category Fence Attachments

    This is the second featherboard I have designed to be made out of a Polyethylene cutting board. The first one was large and used almost the entire cutting board and was designed to mount on the SMT. This one uses less than 1⁄4 of the cutting board and is designed to be able to be mounted to fences of in the miter slot with a Polyethylene slot holder. ...
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  • Attaching Jigs To The SMT

    Attaching Jigs To The SMT

    Originally Posted by Mike Stallard in the category BT3000 Modifications & Enhancements

    Attaching jigs to the SMT by Mike Stallard One of my favorite features of the Ryobi BT3X00 table saw is the sliding miter table. I particularly like the abilities to quickly and accurately square the crosscut fence to the blade, and to securely attach the fence to the table so I don't have to worry about the fence slipping. I like to include both these features in jigs I build in the shop for the SMT, even jigs that do not attach to the crosscut fence. Below is a fairly simple method for attaching and aligning jigs to take advantage of these features. Of course, once the jig is mounted so that the flip-up squaring tab works, it can be rotated to different angles using the miter angle marks just like the crosscut fence. ...
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  • Small T-Nut for the Left side of Rip Fence and Front of Miter Fence on BT3x saws.
    by LCHIEN
    Small T-nut for the left side of BT3 rip fence or front of miter fence (Article Version)

    11-30-2023, 04:00 PM
    I have found a perfect T-nut for the front of the BT3 miter fence and for the left side of the rip fence (same extrusion used both places)

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    After a bit more thinking, some universal T-bolts for the rip miter fence make more sense than fixture blocks.
    The two big slots in the rip fence and the miter fence and the front and rear rails are sized to take 1.00 inches wide x 1/8th and 1-1/8" wide x 1/8th.

    So I took some 1/8th flat Aluminum 1.00 inches wide and cut 1-1/8" long to make a 1" x 1-1/8" rectangular plates; I used a short rip fence Block to space the length but not cause a kickback with the...
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    DIY BT3000 FIXTURE BLOCK for Rip/Miter Fence extrusion

    Simple shop construction - no machining.

    This is intended to fit the top T-track on the Rip and miter fence (uses the same extrusion) on the Ryobi BT3x00 / Craftsman 22811 family of saws
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    Make the base from 1/8” aluminum bar, you can get 1.5”, 2”, and 3” at Lowes...
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  • Another Thin Strip Jig
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    Ripping thin strips can be accomplished in a number of ways, but this jig is the best I've found so far.

    • There is no need to move the fence so every strip comes out exactly the same.
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