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  • A review of the MicroPreciis BT3 fixture blocks

    A review of the MicroPreciis BT3 fixture blocks

    I like the BT3 series table saw because it is innovative. One of the best attributes of the BT series saws is the presence of multiple T-slots in the rip fence, mitre fence, and fence rails. These slots allow the user to attach jigs and fixtures to the saw very easily. MicroPreciis and it's founders, Andrew Perrella and Erik S. Friis have created the BT3x00 Fixture Blocks. These blocks make attaching jigs and fixtures even easer. ...
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  • Zen and the Art of Splitter Shim Making

    Zen and the Art of Splitter Shim Making

    Zen and the Art of Splitter Shim Making By Mark Guglielmana – A.K.A. “Gugie” I'm a proud owner of a Ryobi BT3000 table saw. When I saw the Ryobi BT3100 update for the first time, I looked carefully for changes. One of the small but useful improvements is the use of splitter guides along with shims for the splitter/blade guard assembly. ...
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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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  • A Virtual Tour of the Indianapolis Woodworking Show

    A Virtual Tour of the Indianapolis Woodworking Show

    A Virtual Tour of the Indianapolis Woodworking Show This weekend, I made my annual trek to the Indianapolis woodworking show. I have been going every year for the past five years. This year, I was finally fortunate to have a bit of extra money and was able to attend one of the all day seminars. Below are some photos I took specifically for this site. I wanted to give those of you who are not able to attend the shows a glimpse of what they are all about. I struggled with the decision of which w...
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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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  • Jeff Browning's BT3000

    Jeff Browning's BT3000

    Originally Posted by Jeff Browning in the category Mobile BT3000s

    Jeff Browning built this excellent BT3000 rolling cabinet based on the "Little Shop That Could" article in Popular Woodworking. Jeff has added miter slots, a great router fence, a high auxillery fence, and featherboards. Included in this file are several pictures of his design as well as some superb measured drawings.

    Original PDF Document:
    browning.pdf ...
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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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  • Design Considerations for a Wide-Rail BT3K Mobile Cabinet

    Design Considerations for a Wide-Rail BT3K Mobile Cabinet

    Originally Posted by Ray Girling in the category Mobile BT3000s

    Design Considerations for a Wide-Rail BT3K Mobile Cabinet

    Having built my own BT3K wide-rail mobile cabinet, I thought that it might be useful to those who are still at the design stage, to those just thinking about it, or to those just interested in the concept, to read about the process I followed and what core design issues were involved. This may not result in a definitive design for you, but may, at least, focus on the critical elements of the project. I have included drawings and photographs to assist, not all to the same scale, or even to scale at all. ...
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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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  • BT3000 Rear Fence Clamp Replacement

    BT3000 Rear Fence Clamp Replacement

    Originally Posted by Martin Call in the category BT3000 Maintainence & Repair BT3000 Rear Fence Clamp Replacement ...
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  • BT3000/BT3100 rip fence and miter fence stop block
    by LCHIEN

    With the small t-nut for the front of the rip fence and miter fence, I made a new stop block that can be used on both

    When used on the rip fence , it can set a stop for cross cutting fixed lengths off a piece against the miter fence without risking a kickback from continuous...
    02-17-2024, 01:43 AM
  • 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)

    Its actually a weld nut, but fits the T-slot described above.

    Weld Nut: #10-24 Thread, Tab, 1/32 in Base Ht, 3/8 in Base Wd, 5/8 in Base Lg, Steel, 50 PK
    Item 1LAJ3 Mfr. Model 1LAJ3​ (WW Graingers)...
    12-07-2023, 12:19 AM
  • Special DIY T-bolt for BT3000 Miter Fence, Rip Fence and Rails
    by LCHIEN
    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...
    07-09-2023, 02:37 PM
  • How to make a BT3x00 Rip Fence/Miter Fence fixture block for mounting jigs
    by LCHIEN

    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
    You must make the Block and Base parts; you can make them 1.5" or 3 inches long or modify to any other length.
    Make the base from 1/8” aluminum bar, you can get 1.5”, 2”, and 3” at Lowes...
    05-24-2023, 09:55 PM
  • Another Thin Strip Jig
    by twistsol
    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.
    • It is incredibly easy to build
    • It keeps your hands well away from the blade the whole time
    • It keeps control of the strip you are ripping all the way through the cut and past the blade
    • It doesn't interfere with the blade guard.
    • You can cut strips from any length of stock
    In the starting position,...
    04-16-2023, 10:42 AM

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