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#1 posted 08-29-2018 03:02 PM

Regarding the extension wings, Couple of easy options:

1) Craftsman sold several different contractor saws also made by Emerson (like the Ridgid TS2424). Majority of the low cost Sears saws had stamped steel extensions instead of cast iron (and a lighter duty fence). These are all same 27” wide size and can be interchanged as the fence extrusions allowed for easy movement of mounting bolts. These notorious ‘crapsmen’ saws can be found on CL for <$50, and might be cheap way to buy direct bolt on solid surface extensions.

2) There is absolutely no reason that cast iron or even steel extension tables are required. Can make replacement extensions from MDF or plywood with solid wood edge band to hold mounting bolt; and they work just as well for holding lumber on top. The mounting bolts are ~1 inch below the top, and only need to relieve the underside of top panel slightly if using a washer under mounting bolt/nut. Another mounting technique is using 1×1 angle iron under the wood top that the fence rail attaches too. This is common method for 27×24 bolt on router table extensions sold commercially.


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