|Project by JasonWagner||posted 11-07-2010 09:19 PM||9095 views||12 times favorited||14 comments|
Hey guys and gals. I have a similar project to this with a Ridgid contractor saw, but I always felt like I should share my creation on my Grizzly cabinet saw.
I got this G1023SLWX 5hp table saw with router wing on Craigs List about two years ago. I always wanted a cast iron saw and router wing and finally got it. The problem was the missing fence and miter track. Why Grizzly makes no accommodations for a miter slot I do not know.
I made the fence based on a project in Popular Woodworking. Here is the exploded diagram. The main base of the fence is simply MDF, while the fence faces are some fun quilted/sapwood hard maple I found at HD. The plans allow vacuum from the back of the fence (picture 2) and a spot for some tools on the front of the fence (picture 3). The fence faces are adjustable to fit different router bits. The vacuum works great. I threaded a 90 degree piece of PVC sink pipe into the fence. Two built in feather boards add control, while the magnetic feather board from Ridgid ($10 cheaper than Magswitch from woodworking outfits) is awesome.
The Grizzly router wing does not have a miter slot. I guess you could use the right slot on the table saw, but it’s pretty far away. All I did was to notch the fence rails on the saw to add an aftermarket miter track. The piece of track was inset into a block of hard maple I created to give it some support. I didn’t want it to stick out much, so it’s just enough to support a miter gauge.
I did also add the on/off switch under the saw for my router. This makes it easier to turn it on and off at the same time as the shop vac. I was unwilling to pay $40 for a switched outlet from a woodworking dealer.
So there you have it. Nothing groundbreaking, but maybe helpful to those out there with a similar setup to me.
-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!