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Forum topic by Bunchgrass posted 07-26-2021 10:58 AM 252 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bunchgrass

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07-26-2021 10:58 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw router

I have a Grizzly 1023 TS and the table extension that goes with it on the right side of the saw. I want to add a router extension and wonder 1) which one(s) fit the Grizzly 2) if I could mount it to the left side of the saw and whether that’s the way to go. Thanks for your help.


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WoodenDreams

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#1 posted 07-26-2021 07:39 PM

You can mount the wings on either side, which ever side works best for you. I would suggest figuring out which router lift you’d like to use first, then match a the table saw router extension wing to match it. The openings are different depending on the different wings available.

I suggest not to use the Grizzly T1244 router extension wing. Unless you plan on a DIY lift. Grizzly does offer two other wings. The bolt holes seem standard for installing other brand wings. If not, you can drill out matching mounting holes for other brand wings that will match the router lift your interested in.

Reason; It states 16”x27”, but my is actually 16”x26 7/8”. Had to use fender washers to make up the gap for the back rail. And this particular wing has a odd size opening for a router lift, 9”x12 1/8”. I didn’t realize grizzly didn’t have a router lift available for this size. Their T31637, 9”x12” lift will not fit. Their customer service says they don’t offer a router lift for this wing, and other brand lifts won’t fit it. So why did they use this size opening. I didn’t find this out till after I put it on my table saw.

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#2 posted 07-26-2021 07:44 PM

A friend thought this same thought as well, years ago. All I can tell you is he went ahead and put it over there. Used it for less than a week, and moved it to the right.

His answer to questions as to why it didn’t work out…. “It would be easier to list why it did work out” as he walked away. It’s been on the right now a lot of years, and he uses it a lot.

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Bunchgrass

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#3 posted 07-26-2021 10:49 PM

Thanks for the responses so far! I have a Bosch router (I’d need to check the model) that I’d likely be mounting to the table.

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#4 posted 07-27-2021 01:27 AM

I had one attached to my table saw for several years. It did save shop space, which was important at the time. But eventually the cons outweighed the pros. Having to remove the router table fence when using the table saw; I am not a tall guy but the router table was still to low too use for extended periods; dust collection was a pain. But the biggest was the odd insert plate dimensions on the grizzly table. No standard lift will fit. One of the SawStop table extensions should work with your saw and have a standard opening.
Not trying to talk you out of doing it, these are just my reasons why I do not.

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Bunchgrass

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#5 posted 07-27-2021 02:03 AM

I’m game to hear why a dedicated router table would be a better option and which ones to consider. Kreg?

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#6 posted 07-27-2021 03:40 AM

Having a router extension wing on the table saw can serve three purposes. 1st is saving valued space in a small shop, 2nd is extra table width on the table saw for support when cutting wider boards, 3rd is extra space to set stuff on or working table space. The only disadvantage for this is the need to remove and reinstall the fence at times (if you don’t use the router a lot, only a extra minute to add or remove the fence). A separate dedicated router table is nice if you have the extra space. If you go the Benchtop route, you can clamp it to your work bench and remove it after the use of it. It does though cause a higher working height.

I have a Craftsman benchtop router table. When I made a workbench for along a wall, I made one section with a lowered drop to fit the benchtop table. Worked out rather nice for me. I decided to add a second router table via the router wing on the table saw for a extra router table.

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