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The Coolidge Chronicles #12: Part 4 - Grizzly G0696X 5HP 12" Table Saw

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Blog entry by darthford posted 12-06-2013 01:53 AM 822 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Part 3 - Grizzly G0696X 5HP 12" Table Saw Part 12 of The Coolidge Chronicles series Part 13: Part 5 - Grizzly G0696X 5HP 12" Table Saw »

In part 4 I complete the costly wiring of the power cord and address the need for an out feed table plus some misl.

I use Lowes brand 10/3 power cord for all my 30 amp 220v stuff. Grizzly calls for a 12 gauge power cord so this is not a slam on Grizzly, but their cord strain relief fitting (which was quite nice by the way) on the electrical box on the back of the saw was too small for a 10/3 power cord. The proper size fitting at Lowes was less than $4 but wouldn’t you know it, the fitting required a 1” hole. I had a Unibit already…but it only went up to 7/8” (face palm) so I had to choke down the $48 it cost for this larger Unibit. And after all that I had to wrap the cord with 3 turns of black tape because the new fitting was a touch too large. Its this kind of crap that reminds me I will never remodel a house ever again!! lol

I still have a mark from the extra $52 it cost me but its done I guess.

Lets talk about something more fun, this baby is INBOUND!! Made in the USA also! There’s a lot more to this story so stick with me.

This is great, as I’m a bit cramped on space I like that it folds down out of the way.

Here’s a couple of close-ups.

Okay before the whole out feed table saga here’s a couple of misl items. Check this out, 3/16 inch steel with plenty of holes, I thought this might come in handy so for $3.99 I bought 4 of them! What can you even buy for $4 anymore, Harbor Freight.

Here’s another cost savings deal, I have two epic hardware stores near me that make Lowes and Home Depot hardware sections look like a joke. Anyone notice how both Lowes and Home Depot have cut back their offerings in this area? Anyway here’s a bag of grade 8 fasteners, my one hardware stores sells these for x amount for each item, this bag would have been quite expensive at that store. My other hardware store sells grade 8 anything bulk for $3.99 a pound. I think there’s over 100 grade 8 bolts in this bag alone, the whole bag was less than $16.

Okay finally the out feed table saga. Ever have one of those projects the spiral completely out of control? LOL

First I decided I needed a torsion box table that was flat and stable for lay out and glue ups. Kreg legs and rails $167. Castors $30. 1” 5×5’ sheet of Russian ply $85. Stack of maple 1×4 $100. So I’m into this thing already $382.

Next I decide hey, why not use this for an out feed table too. I measure all the machines, of course every machine is a different height so I says hey make the top adjustable! After I exhausted 3 or 4 expensive mechanical methods of making the table adjustable I moved on to hydraulics, then air, then air powered hydraulics, then an electric winch power lift.

At the brink of pulling the trigger on one of these methods I stopped at Lowes to buy some power cord. I found myself staring at a Rockler out feed stand for like $65. DUH they already make adjustable out feed stands and rollers you idiot. Phew close call! So the torsion box table will be just that, though it is possible to attach adjustable rollers to the table hmmm…



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Handtooler

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#1 posted 12-06-2013 02:19 AM

Darthford, Please; Is that the same Grizzly fold down outfeed table that fits their 10” saws such as G0691 and G1023’s?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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darthford

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#2 posted 12-06-2013 02:59 AM

Handtooler yes I believe it is, I ordered the 37” but they also sell a 24”. My saw cabinet is already drilled and tapped for it.

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#3 posted 12-06-2013 03:40 AM

By the way I paid $299 for the outfeed roller table ordering from Grizzly, Amazon wants $438 for it, I probably would not have paid that much.

ALSO I may yet have to back track on stating my cabinet is drilled and tapped for this…there are 2 drilled and tapped holes in the cabinet along the bottom, there are two unused holes in the fence rail up top, logically this is where I would attach this roller table. IF its not designed to attach there I may just re-engineer it to attach there anyway!

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#4 posted 12-06-2013 04:14 AM

I also use get my 10/3 from Lowes. Same exact brand I believe. Nice stuff. Very flexible. I direct feed to my breaker box and route them where needed with plug ends.

That outfeed roller rig is pretty sweet! I like how it nicely folds down out of the way. I currently have a 2×4 frame/plywood top table I use which also serves as a utility table but I can see where your roller table will work very nicely for sheet goods and the like.

Now I’ve gotta rib ya a little bit here… you mean to tell me you’ve spent many thousands on these tools and that tractor of yours and you are going to worry about spending $52 for a bit and cable fittings? Seriously? :)

Seriously though, its all coming together. You need to make sure to open up that garage of yours, step back a bit and take a nice wide angle shot of all your goodies. That would make good shop porn for sure!

-- Don't mind me, I'm just soaking up knowledge

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darthford

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#5 posted 12-06-2013 04:22 AM

Ahaha yeah $48 for that drill bit I will probably never use again (censored) lol To be determined on this outfeed roller table, I’m a bit concerned about the mounting…I had thought it would bolt right up to the existing locations but studying the picture I’m not so sure. I won’t be drilling holes into my brand new saw cabinet I guarantee you!

That tractor…ouch! I have paid less for brand new vehicles than I paid for that tractor. I keep telling myself I’ll sell it once I’m finished clearing my property and the difference in what I paid will be less than it would have cost me to hire someone to do all that work.

Dude I have already had the builder over to scope out a 20×40 to 20×50 garage addition…or sell this house and build a new one with the shop of my dreams from the start. Or I could just get a less expensive hobby like snorting coke or gambling.

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clafollett

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#6 posted 12-06-2013 11:58 PM

I hear ya… $48 for a one time use bit is a bit high but look at the bright side, if you by chance ever need it in the future – and seeing the kinda stuff you do, its highly likely you will – you will have it on hand. I know I sure have a few items around my garage like that.

If you really like your property, I say clear it and keep it and put the addition on. Just like with developing software, starting from scratch always sounds good until you have to start doing it and realize all the nuances you forgot about when it sounded like a good idea. Some times just refactoring what ya got in smaller chunks at a time is the much better route.

As for the less expensive hobby, since you are in WA, skip the coke and start growing weed! Its much cheaper and you could even get licensed and sell it for a profit. I’d only stick with gambling if it involves the Seahawks getting to the Super Bowl. I’d say that’s a pretty safe bet.

-- Don't mind me, I'm just soaking up knowledge

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#7 posted 12-07-2013 12:25 AM

I’m putting that drill bit on craigslist for $58 (evil grin) Okay back to the shop I go, I got some 4×6 lumber to mill.

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clafollett

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#8 posted 12-07-2013 03:48 AM

Oh that is evil!

I’ve got my fingers crossed all your milling goes according to plan.

-- Don't mind me, I'm just soaking up knowledge

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