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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 02-06-2011 07:36 PM 11176 views 1 time favorited 22 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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newwoodbutcher

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02-06-2011 07:36 PM

Has anyone found a TS router table extension made of cast iron? I see one cast iron router table in catalogs from time to time ( I think it’s Bad Dog or something like that) but never see any mention of a cast iron router table extension that will fit as a table Saw.
I have a 50” cabinet saw and made a laminated router table extension for it but am thinking a cast iron table would be pretty cool. Does anybody know of a router table TS extension made of cast iron??

-- Ken


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IrreverentJack

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 08:17 PM

Ken, Here is what Amazon has. Here are some LJ reviews.
I agree, a cast iron router extension is cool. -Jack

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 08:32 PM

MCLS has several….Grizzly has some for it’s saws (fits several non Grizzly Saws per their catalog).....Powermatic has one also and so does Sears….along with the ones mentioned by IJ above.

I have one on my grizzly because I have the Incra jig and fence system….the positioner is very accurate and really helps make the saw cuts easily to replicate. If MCLS had made the motorized lift prior to my purchase….I would have purchased it….A friend of mine bought the table (not a cast iron one) from MCLS along with the motor lift and he says it works great for him.

Just make sure you have some stable legs under your extension….if not it will warp and end up being a problem rather then a great tool. I have adjustable legs under mine and I check it for level every time I use it.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 08:39 PM

:Bench Dog 40-102 Pro-Max cast iron/steel router table is what you might be looking for. I did some research before I bought one and for my small shop it was the way to go. I mounted the table on the end of my General cabinet saw with a Bench Dog Router Lift and the 3.25 hp Porter Cable router. They might be pricey but you won’t get better quality or performance. In particular the router lift is solid steel and brass. You can find them on Amazon.

-- AllWood

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 09:44 PM

Ditto on the Benchdog extension. I paid $275 for it as well and it was some of the best money I’ve spent. It’s not just the cast iron extension either, but also the rockin’ fence.

Here’s a shot of it on my Unisaw, without the Benchdog fence…

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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newwoodbutcher

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#5 posted 02-07-2011 11:11 PM

Thanks folks for the great response. I found all the recommended tops you all referred to before I posted my question on LJ. Perhaps what I’m looking for hasn’t been invented yet. What I am searching for is a full sized cast iron router table top designed to attach to the right side of a 50” cabinet saw. To my way of thinking that means a top that is 27” X 34”-36” or about that. I know it will be very heavy but then the whole top surface is cast iron adding to anti vibration and durability, not to mention the “cool factor”.
There is a Bench Dog top that comes close but the width is only 24”. That means I would have to add a 1 1/2” spacer along each of the rails. Doable for sure but a little short of my idea of a first rate cast iron table top. Also the fence and miter slot set up on that top goes perpendicular to the table saw fence. That might turn out to be more of a feature than a problem, I have to think more about that. What I got from your feedback is that many of you have attached the 27” X 16” extension to your saw and made up the difference with a non cast iron filler. Do I have that right?

-- Ken

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tedth66

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#6 posted 02-08-2011 03:12 PM

Hello Ken,
Check out Alan’s cast iron router table that he integrated on his SawStop saw cabinet.

http://lumberjocks.com/zzzzdoc/blog/18744

I’m not sure if his dimensions match yours but he might be able to help you.

-- Ted

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HorizontalMike

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#7 posted 02-08-2011 03:51 PM

Here is the Grizzly T10222 (Cast Iron) Router Table Attachment on my G0690:

http://www.horizontalheavens.com/GarageWorkshop/TableSawFront.jpg
http://www.horizontalheavens.com/GarageWorkshop/TS_BkW-RouterDC_hoses.jpg
http://www.horizontalheavens.com/GarageWorkshop/Router_TSExtension_W-Triton.jpg

*Grizzly states that this will fit most TS with 27” depth.

Grizzly link:
http://www.grizzly.com/products/Router-Table-Attachment/T10222

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Cosmicsniper

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#8 posted 02-08-2011 03:58 PM

That’s cool, Mike. I had no idea that Grizzly made that extension!

I like the idea of no router plate, for a permanently mounted router…though I assume it would make using a router lift impossible?

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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HorizontalMike

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 04:33 PM

Cosmicsniper,
Notice I mounted the Triton 3 1/4hp router with built-in lift. I had to drill the above-table crank hole and that took about 10 bits, stepping up through the index, but that was relatively easy. I did, however, need to borrow a friends 15” floor model drill press to pull that off (I only have a small 8”). I would NOT recommend free-handing that task.

Also, plan ahead for where you want the fence and place the crank hole accordingly (at either 5 or 7 o’clock from the fence).

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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prap

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 05:05 PM

Mike , The square tubing in the front, that the fence rides on, is not the one that came with the t/s was it? I’m in the market for a new t/s and the 0690 is high on my list right now. I started looking at the 715 hybrid which is probably is enough saw for me right now, but then again if this new hobby grows I don’t want to have to upgrade 3 years down the road. Thats when I started looking to the next step up. I know that would be all the saw I’ll ever need. I like the idea that the saw has been on the market for awhile now and is not a new model that doesn’t have all the kinks out yet.

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prap

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#11 posted 02-08-2011 05:22 PM

I got a 4 draw oak work bench from h/f for $129. Came all boxed up dragged it down my cellar stairs, put it together and couldn’t be happier. One day when my woodworking skills progress I build a heavy duty one for the garage. For $129 the cheap one will get me by for now.

HELP!!

Ok I posted this under the wrong topic, how can I get rid of it? I tried to delete it when I went in to edit but it keeps coming back???

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newwoodbutcher

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#12 posted 02-08-2011 05:29 PM

WHOA Mike!!! That’s it, I’m on it. Thank you

-- Ken

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HorizontalMike

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#13 posted 02-08-2011 07:03 PM

Prap,
YES, the square tubing that the fence rides on is ”Stock” for the G0690. The G0691 goes to 52” rails, but like the G0690 the extended wings are only stamped metal (think pizza pan). That was one BIG reason for my decision to go with the cast iron router extension on my G0690.

The fence on the G0690 is very nice. It appears to be a Biesemeyer knock-off and that is a good thing. I am very happy with the fence on this TS.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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prap

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#14 posted 02-08-2011 07:28 PM

Mike, you are saying that the square tubing has stamped metal extensions right, not table wings? Is that a Heritage I see in the back ground, I can’t wait for the spring.

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HorizontalMike

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#15 posted 02-08-2011 10:27 PM

Prap,
Spring? In South Texas this IS the riding season! And yup, it’s my 1997 Heritage.

RE: Table wings—You can see the stock wings on my G0690 (under the fence). Beyond that is usually the stamped metal extension. I replaced the stock extension (beyond the basic cast iron wing) with the cast iron router extension. This brought me to the normal length of table for a G0690, but the G0691 rails stick further out to the right as seen in this image. However, in that image the router extension “replaces” the right wing. What I did was put the wing on, drilled the end of the wing to accept the router extension and then ”added” the router extension AFTER the right wing, thus making the right side of the table that much longer. CAST IRON HEAVEN AT HORIZONTAL HEAVENS!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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