|Forum topic by MisterCat||posted 05-26-2010 05:39 AM||4527 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
05-26-2010 05:39 AM
A while ago I bought a Grizly 1023RLW 10” table saw. The table saw works great, and was pretty simple to set up, though the process of putting 220 into my garage was slightly complicated by a full main breaker panels (some of the new half-height circuit breakers helped solve that issue).
On the right, the picture shows the cut out for the router wing. I’m looking to add a good fence to make the undertable router to the best advantage.
Here are the things I learned/decided as I’ve gotten into the design:
1. Clamping a truly separate fence across the table is difficult do to the support rails for the standard fence and the fact that the extension wing is webbed underneath. Using something like the Rockler Universal fence clamps seems like the way to go, or some other method of attaching to the standard fence.
I liked this idea of this fence, but I have to modify the design because of the clamping difficulties, and it doesn’t address #3 below.
2. I originally wanted some sort of T-track parallel to the standard fence to help guide parts, but that would mean putting a collet extension on the router. I’m not sure if this is a good idea, as it will certainly increase the horizontal forces on the router bearings. I don’t have enough experience with routers to judge the pro-cons of the collet extension.
3. I like the idea of being able to ‘bury the bit’ in a replaceable, sacrificial center insert around the router bit. Tongue in grove would be easy enough to do, as I could manufacture the inserts out of 3/4” plywood using a dado blade.
4. This fence is not likely to be the last one I buy/make, so experiment to see what I like/use/find useful is entirely appropriate for this project. Conversely, I don’t want to spend many hundreds of dollars on it for the very same reason.
Hints, resources, or ideas that have worked for you in the past would be appreciated.