2-1/4" Maple Butcher Block as Table Saw Extension Wing?

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Forum topic by Alex1803 posted 10-05-2011 04:12 AM 1937 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2011 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: extension wing butcher block table saw wing

Can anyone think of any potential issues with using a commercially made 2-1/4” (or 1-3/4” for that matter) thick maple butcher block as a right side table saw extension wing? My preference is to remove the existing cast iron extension wing which is not the flattest and replace with the maple that will also allow me to lengthen it to match the fence rails. I’d like to eliminate another joint in the table which is another reason for removing the cast iron wing in favor of the one piece maple.

I know Global Industrial sells them along with Grizzly and of course I could make one.

I ultimately may like to install a simple router setup with it to serve as a secondary router table to my current Jess-Em system – no frills, just a router lift and basic fence.

Any thoughts? Thanks for any input.

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#1 posted 10-05-2011 01:24 PM

I made a glued up router table top. A few years ago I had to reduce size, so I converted it to an extension for my craftsman table saw. I recently purchased a grizzly cabinet saw so I converted it once again. I like it.

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#2 posted 10-05-2011 04:57 PM

A maple extension should be doable, but you should also be able to “persuade” your cast iron wing into being flush and reasonably flat unless it’s in really bad shape.

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 06:24 PM

A low-friction surface is what I want all around my sawblade. Do you have a plan to make the maple slickery?

Plastic laminate is an ideal material: very hard, low friction, and available in an array of attractive, modern decorator colors, as well as some totally unconvincing photographs of actual wood, airbrushed to a repetitive pattern. Mounted on MDF, both sides, you’ve got a gol durn flat surface.



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