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Forum topic by USCJeff posted 04-26-2007 04:59 PM 1263 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-26-2007 04:59 PM

How difficult is it to work with Cast Iron?? I intended to remove a wing from my saw and build in a router extension. I don’t like the idea of removing the wing since it is so heavy and adds to the stability of the saw. I have a standard size insert plate that I am planning to use. Has anyone tried to cut a cast iron wing to accept a router plate? I’ve drilled cast iron before, but never tried cutting it. It must be possible since the manufacturer sells a cast iron wing with router insert as an option. Thanks!

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#1 posted 04-26-2007 05:07 PM

They might cast that wing with an opening for the router insert, Jeff.

I’d be absolutely leary of drilling any holes or making any cuts into my cast iron top…

If I ever get around to it, my Ridgid TS has a space in the right wing just begging for a router table to be integrated into it.

-- Ethan,

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#2 posted 04-26-2007 05:07 PM

I would take it to a machine shop… or get a folding out feed table and install it in that.

-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#3 posted 04-26-2007 06:31 PM

If you have a right tilt saw, Bench dog sells one.

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#4 posted 04-26-2007 06:45 PM

If you are going to do something like that on cast iron take it to a machine shop to have it milled. They should have the mills and bits nessassary to do it correctly. It would not be anything that you should attempt yourself. Cast iron is very brittle and if not machined correctly it will crack and break pretty easily.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 04-26-2007 08:22 PM


That’s a nice looking router table… maybe something to save up for, even? I’ll have to consider it.

It says it will work in a left-tilt, as well, you just have to mount it on the left side for clearance reasons.

-- Ethan,

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#6 posted 04-27-2007 01:08 AM

I think it can be machined, it depends on the thickness of it. I’d check what it would cost at a machine shop. The hourly rate isn’t cheap nowadays, unless you have a friend that can do it.

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#7 posted 04-27-2007 03:03 AM

You can do it yourself, but because it’s not a pipe you’ll be burying with dirt, I don’t recommend it. Cast iron can be sawed with a carbide grit recip blade or better, a carbide grit band saw. Lenox has a new diamond grit recip blade that makes some good looking cuts. If you’re de-winging a table, I’d take it somewhere with a large enough band saw that will use a diamond or carbide grit band. You’ll get a nice cut. Perhaps they can mill the surface further.

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#8 posted 04-27-2007 05:00 AM

Thanks for the replies. My thoughts were along the same lines. Grizzly sells a cast iron wing with a universal router mount for $200 (if I remember right). I have a lot of other things on my want list to put that much money there. I thinK I’ll sacrifice the weight and build the extension and use the insert I already bought. Maybe I’ll find a way to keep the wing attached somewhere on the saw base to keep the weight up and vibration down.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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