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    ZCI Restore with Epoxy

    I imagine many of us have read or heard about doing this. I find when a member shares actually doing some of the things I've read about, it really brings it home so, here's my contribution.

    I was epoxying something the other day and so prepared one of my ZCI's by applying packing tape along the wear-worn slot on the top surface toward the front. Once I was done with my project I drizzled the leftover epoxy into the slot from the underside.

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    Once it is set up, you make a new "original" cut just like the first time you used it.

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    The picture isn't great but, I think you can see where the epoxy fills in the widened slot.

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    This sort of wear happens as the material is pulled through the slot during a cut. The phenolic lasts longer than my BB ply ones but, the result is eventually the same. Next time your epoxying something, prepare an old ZCI ahead of time and try it out.
    Last edited by glenn bradley; 02-25-2015 at 02:11 AM.
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    Great tip. I'm going to have to try it in the future. Thanks.

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    Clear in the photo, but worth pointing out... you only have to repair half of the slot... where the blade moves down into the table.
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    Glenn, I have neither read nor heard of this tip (must lead a sheltered wood life). It is a great one. I have some pretty beat up ZCI's which will now get a second chance in the old saw. I may even have to upgrade to phenolic as mine are simply plywood. Finally, I never realized how that SawStop ZCI really locks in, way better than mine that just sits on the for support tabs. I will think about how to incorporate the 'lock it in' concept. Thanks for sharing.

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    Question

    Do you think this would work with Bondo?
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    Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Thompson View Post
    Do you think this would work with Bondo?
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    I haven't used bondo in years so forgive me if I'm wrong but, I think that would work fine. As long as the filler has the grip to survive the impact and is not brittle it sold do well. I just use epoxy since I use it anyway and try to do the repair with leftovers.
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    This is one of those moments for me, as it seems so blindingly simple and brilliant once I see it.

    Great tip, Glenn! (quick, send that one to FineWW and maybe win some fun money!)
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    Bondo is a vinylester resin, it's probably work just fine.
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