I am thinking of purchasing the Grizzly 1023 left tilt table saw. I
would like to add a benchdog cast iron router table extension to the
right side of the saw. Can I attach the router table extension to the
existing right wing between the rails, or will this be too much weight
without support legs?
Here is a link to the saw and the rails sticking out on the right
side. The cast iron router table wing would attach between the rails
on the right side (beyond the existing right side wing).
I know the standard procedure would be to replace the right wing on
this saw with the cast iron router wing. I have also heard that the
rails are only there to support the fence, not another table (is this
true?). However, if I did this I would need to work between the rails
in about 27" of space. If this were the case, it may be easier to
order a right tilt machine and place the router wing on the left side
and not have to work around protruding rails.
Any comments are appreciated.
With the additional weight of the extra table and router plus the down
forces that can be placed on the workpiece, I would place an additional pair
of legs at the end of the rails. IMO this would be a better option than
having the router on the LHS, the main reason being that you can add
hardwood slotted faces to the RH side of the existing fence and use that as
your router fence.
I say yes, that will work fine. Now, my judgment comes from this
experience. I have a Unisaw with 30" biesemeyer fence. It's on a Shopfox
mobile base. I do not have legs under the 30" fence. One of the nice
things about the 30" fence, beyond the obvious less shop space, is that legs
are NOT needed under the short fence/table board. I can assure you that I
can not tip my saw by hanging my considerable personal mass on the end of
the table. Your Griz with short fence is not much different in proportions
and there is no way an extra cast iron wing is going to tip your saw.
I disagree with Bill.
Adding that extra weight on there could tip the saw.
I can tip my 1023 using the fence rails fairly easily.
I'd put legs under it. Last thing you want is to be pushing something
through the router and having it tip on you (even if it doesn't tip over)
What is a.b.p.w.?
I would absolutely add the legs. What do you lose? The consequences
of possibly tipping over the saw far outweigh what little
inconvenience you think you might experience having a couple legs.
Have some peace of mind. Additionally, you'll be adding more weight
and downpressure when your working on it.
Keep us posted on how your Grizzly 1023SL works out.
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