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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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  • A Review Of The Ryobi BD4600 Disk and Belt Sander

    A Review Of The Ryobi BD4600 Disk and Belt Sander

    Originally Posted by Don Hart

    Input: 1/2 Peak HP, 120V, single phase, 60 Hz
    Belt Speed: 1900 SF/M
    Disc Speed: 3450 RPM
    Table Size: 8-1/2" x 5-3/4"
    Table Tilt: 0-45°
    Belt Tilt: 0-90°
    Tool Weight: 47 lbs.
    Price: $99.95
    Includes: 4"x36" 80 grit sanding belt, 6" 80 grit sanding disc, Operator's Manual.

    It took me about 20- 30 minutes to get everything setup and that included the time to take the pictures. So The setup is very straight forward and easy to do. After I finished setting the unit up I tried changing out the belt to see if it was as easy as the manual implied. It definitely is It takes about a minute to make the change and a few seconds to test and adjust the tracking. Changing the disk is slightly more involved as you have to remove the guard which requires a screw driver but even with that it is still easy to do. ...
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  • A Review Of The Ryobi BT3100 Woodcutting Table Saw

    A Review Of The Ryobi BT3100 Woodcutting Table Saw

    A Review Of The Ryobi BT3100 Woodcutting Table Saw By Sam Conder It has been a...
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  • A Review of the Ryobi OSS500 Oscillating Spindle Sander

    A Review of the Ryobi OSS500 Oscillating Spindle Sander

    A Review of the Ryobi OSS500 Oscillating Spindle Sander
    By Ken Massingale

    Input: 120 Volt AC, 3.5 AMPS
    Oscillations Per Minute: 58
    Revolutions Per Minute: 2,000 Shaft
    Arbor Size:
    Rubber Spindle Diameters: 3/4", 1", 1-1/2", 2", 3"
    Spindle Sizes (Sandpaper): 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1-1/2", 2", 3"
    Weight: 49 lbs

    Price: $99.95
    Includes: Spindle Sander (OSS500), Rubber Spindles, (3/4", 1", 1-1/2", 2", 3"), Spindle Sandpaper,...
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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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  • Construction Notes for the BT3000 Tenon Jig

    Construction Notes for the BT3000 Tenon Jig

    Construction Notes for the BT3000 Tenon Jig Designed by Jim Frye Drawings by Kevin Lynch This jig is based on the Highland Hardware design that appeared in their catalog some years ago. I would consider this version an evolution of that original. I made some construction changes and couple of feature additions. It would be advantageous to read the Highland Hardware text to get more background on the construction and use of this type of jig....
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  • Wide Table With Miter Slots

    Wide Table With Miter Slots

    Originally Posted by Dave Johnson in the category BT3000 Modifications & Enhancements Well I have been out in the shop taking some measurements and I think I have everything straight. I will just tell this as a kind of sequence of events to make it easier for myself. I started out buying Ryobi's wide table kit, Part#4730300, and the wide table leg set, Part# 4730305. The wide table kit extends the rails 41" inches and the leg set supports the rails and whatever table you add to it. The wide table kit is around $155 and the leg set is about $35. The wide table setup is only necessary if you want the extended cutting capacity but I would recommend the leg set if you end up with with a table top as thick as mine to keep all the weight off the rails. ...
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  • A Tenon Jig For The BT3000 SMT

    A Tenon Jig For The BT3000 SMT

    Originally Posted by Jack Morgan in the category Traditional Table Saw Jigs - BT3000 Style This tenon jig is a copy of one by R.J. De Cristoforo. I saw it in one of his books about 12 years ago. I don't have the book anymore so I'm working from memory. The original design was for a miter slot, but it was easy enough to re-engineer it for use with the sliding miter table (SMT) on the Ryobi BT3000 table saw. I've goofed around with the design a couple times and I feel the current version is simple and practical. ...
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  • SMT Fence V2.0

    SMT Fence V2.0

    SMT Fence V2.0 – By Rod Kirby What did you guys do on 01/01/01 – this is what I did (I’m too old to for hangovers – the morning after isn’t worth the night before!). Please take particular note of the ends I made for the Ryobi fence – more on this later. The main reason I made the new fence, was that I wanted to reduce the number of times I had to take the (Triton) guard on & off: eg guard off – line up the saw with the marked line; Guard on – make the cut. I found I was tending to leave the guard off – NOT SAFE (and it lets the dust fly around. ...
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  • Micro-Adjuster For A Router Table Fence

    Micro-Adjuster For A Router Table Fence

    Router Micro-adjust fence. (Not BT3K but might be useful) – By Rod Kirby...
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  • Raised Panel Jig

    Raised Panel Jig

    Originally Posted by George McKeown in the category Traditional Table Saw Jigs - BT3000 Style Attached are 2 images that show the jig construction. It is not dimensioned, but rather a guideline for anyone who would like to build it. The dimensions are easy to figure out. A good rule of thumb for the angle of the jig is 10%. ...
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  • Shopmade Outfeed Cabinet

    Shopmade Outfeed Cabinet

    Originally Posted by Dave Johnson in the category Fence Attachments This project came about because of my lack of cabinet space and my growing dissatisfaction with out-feed rollers. The top I used was 1 1/4” particleboard with a plastic laminate top. I chose this mostly because I had it on hand. You can use whatever you have and adjust the dimensions accordingly. Also, when the slab was poured in the building I am using for a shop they were not very good about leveling it. Because of this I built my cabinet about 1/4” lower than the top of my saw and used Kitchen cabinet type leveling legs to bring it even and level with the saw top. The top of my saw measures 37 1/4” from the ground and sitting flat the height of the cabinet is 37” even. I bought the leg levelers from The Woodworkers Store, Part # 20826. They come four to a set at $9.95 a set. They measure 4” at their shortest and give you 7/8” of adjustment. Phone # is 1-800- 279-4441. ...
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  • High Fence for Dado and Panel Raising

    High Fence for Dado and Panel Raising

    High Fence for Dado and Panel Raising Designed by Jim Frye This fence was built for supporting a sacrificial face attached to the rip fence for dado and rabbit work. By making the right side face tall also, this fence can be used to make raised panels by setting the fence on the left side of the blade. The fence is 24” long, but could be longer to provide more support beyond the blade. The fence is 6” tall and has four partitions to hold the faces parallel. This fence is held on the rip fence by two strips of wood that ride in the T-slots in both sides of the rip fence. This one was made from 3/4” hard maple, but plywood would be more stable, especially if it wasn’t finished like this one is. The fence was built up on the rip fence to ensure that it was square with the fence. Be sure to wax the rip fence before doing any glue so that the dried glue won’t stick to the aluminum and to make it easier to remove the high fence later. There are no drawings for this jig. It was built following the basic design of the tenon jig I designed. See the pictures below for the orientation of the parts. ...
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