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Table Saw Router Fence w/ Vacuum, Feather Boards and Miter Slot

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Project by JasonWagner posted 11-07-2010 09:19 PM 5840 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!





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NBeener

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 09:32 PM

Talk about hitting one out of the park !

That should get ALL of it done, and elegantly, to boot !

I really like having the remote router switch. I’ve even been watching for sales on the remote speed control controls.

Incidentally, the Ridgid mag featherboards are private label units FROM MagSwitch, so … as the baby brother OF the MagSwitch guy … I still totally approve ;-)

Really nicely done. Looks great. Looks like it WORKS great, too !

PS: I am NOT looking at your saw. I’m not, I’m not, I’m not :-)

-- -- Neil

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JasonWagner

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#2 posted 11-07-2010 09:39 PM

Thing is Neil…I think the Ridgid feather board is the “twin brother” not “baby brother”...meaning same 20mm magnets but cheaper price.

Thanks for the comments!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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ToddTurner

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 12:37 AM

Great minds must think alike! I did the same thing on my powermatic (Take a look at my projects) The guides just werent long enough to say, rout the edges of a cabint door. So, i extended them with maple. Yours, however, is about a notch above mine. Looks more heavy and stable. Guess i have to go back and do it over now!

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mafe

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 12:40 AM

Really nice, I just finished my own yesterday.
I like your DIY featherbords, when my plastic once wear out I’ll make some like that.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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NBeener

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 12:40 AM

Jason,

I meant that literally.

My older brother is the product rep FOR MagSwitch.

So … it was ME who’s the “little brother—” not your Ridgid featherboard :-)

-- -- Neil

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SPalm

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 12:47 AM

Hey Jason, that is really well done. There are some ground breaking ideas for me.
Favorited.

I lust for your cabinets around the perimeter also. Sigh.

Thanks for the inspiration,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Roger

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 02:35 AM

Very slick idea to make the fence a storage box also. I like the featherboards. You can never use too many o them sometimes.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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JasonWagner

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 01:54 AM

Todd – I like the depth of your extension. I’m surprised it doesn’t have a stock miter track either. Beautiful saw by the way. That is the saw I would have if I didn’t need so many other tools!

Neil – I misread your post earlier! I guess you’ve got some experience with those magnets.

Thanks for the comments guys.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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steliart

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#9 posted 02-11-2011 11:18 AM

Nice and tall, how good is that dust extraxtion system?
thnks for posting

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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JasonWagner

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#10 posted 02-11-2011 11:46 PM

Dust collection works great. Obviously if the bit is farther from the fence or if you’re routing a dado it doesn’t help much. I have toyed with other ways to collect dust from below the router. My designs have been cumbersome and end up not in use. The best would be a cabinet under the wing with dust collection built in.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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steliart

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 11:54 PM

thanks for the reply

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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csifishguy

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#12 posted 01-01-2014 02:00 AM

Wow I found ya hahah. I saw your fence on google pics and today I made a similar fence today. Thank you very much. I love my fence. It works great

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