|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 01-08-2015 07:14 PM||1043 views||1 time favorited||9 replies|
01-08-2015 07:14 PM
I have a Grizzly 1023RL, with the tabletop from a Bosch RA1181 router table bolted in place of the right wing. This tabletop isn’t perfectly flat, and I was thinking about replacing it with the router table designed for the 1023RL – this one: http://www.grizzly.com/products/Router-Extension-Table-for-Table-Saw/H7507.
Looking at that router table, it basically looks like a cast iron wing with a hole for the router bit and a simple “universal router mount” underneath that’s basically just four metal clamps – no miter slot, fence, or other accessories. So I was wondering whether I could save myself $300 by taking the original cast iron wing and drilling out holes for the router bit, adjustment wrench, and mounting pattern (or for clamps similar to the Grizzly router table)?
My understanding is that it’s not that difficult to drill out cast iron with cobalt or even HSS bits, so the counterbored mounting holes and the adjustment hole shouldn’t be a problem (1/4” and 1/2”, respectively); would it be too difficult to drill out a hole for the collet/bit? If it matters, I’m using a Triton 3.25 hp router, which features above-table raising/lowering and also auto-locks the collet at max height for one-handed bit removal.
The original wing isn’t as deep as the router table wing, but for $300 I can live with that. I think the fence has enough room to add an additional extension, which I could make myself out of plywood (and build in a miter slot).
Am I overlooking something that makes this an obviously bad idea?
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.