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Forum topic by barnbuilder posted 01-20-2016 04:13 AM 838 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2016 04:13 AM

I’m new to woodworking and I’ve got a lot to learn. I’m looking to buy a table saw. I prefer to buy once and purchase something that will last a lifetime (ie I don’t mind paying a little more up front for a cabinet saw and cast iron router extension). I also have concerns about saving space as I’m working in a 20’x20’ garage that houses a car and other hobbies. That aside, I’m thinking about buying a Grizzly 0690, adding a cast iron router extension, building a cabinet underneath and building a steel mobile base for the whole thing. I don’t want to give up the space required for the 52” table but I want something a little wider than the 0690 since it wouldn’t allow for much cabinet space underneath. Looking at router extensions it looks like the Benchdog is 16” wide and the Grizzly is 20” wide. The extra 4” of the Grizzly makes a difference in not only table width but cabinet width underneath. The Grizzly is the widest router extension I can find. However, it doesn’t allow for a router plate. How necessary is a router plate these days if I’m willing to dedicate a router to the table? In other words, if I buy a Triton with the built in lift and the Grizzly extension will this do everything I will need? I can’t find much info on the Grizzly router inserts… how do they attach? Basically my decision comes down to buying the 16” Benchdog with proven router plates and lifts or the 4” wider Grizzly extension that will not accept a plate but overcoming that with using a router that had a built in lift. The 4” makes a big difference as it also affects the cabinet width.

Another approach would be to get a wider cast extension wing than comes with the Grizzly (12”) and using the Benchdog. However, I can’t seem to find a wider extension than 12”... do they exist?

What’s involved in adding a remote (knee) switch? Would I be able to wire one to the Triton?

Sorry for the long post.

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#1 posted 01-20-2016 04:56 AM

I don’t know about the extensions or the guide rails but many folks I’ve seen on here have a table saw/router combination to help with space. So I’m sure this will work. As for the router table plate, it’s meant to make it easy to change out your router. I have one on my Kreg. I know of one table brand that does not have the plate. Check out Sommerfeld Tool then look up his router table top. His table has no plate but bolts to the top of the table. He also uses a Triton 3-1/4 hp router with above table lift handle. It’s a very good router. I have one like it in my table.

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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