Router mounted to a granite TS.
I recently purchased a PC 893PK kit (my first router) and I'm looking at the new General granite-top cabinet saw. I need to replace the old Craftsman 3/4 HP direct-drive saw I've been struggling with for the last 15 years.
The new saw is at "general.ca/site_general/g_produits/saw/50-240gt.html" (can't post the link- still a newbie!)
I want to build a router table into the saw extension but, because of the granite, it can't be physically attached to the saw table. My idea is to either build an independent router table on casters and attach it to the fence rails to align it to the table-top, or to build the table attached to the fence rails and use cantilever legs down to the saw base to support the outer end of the table. The fence rails are a hefty 1-1/4" X 3/16" angle, but Im concerned that supporting the router on the rails alone might throw the fence out of alignment. The saw itself will be on a mobile base so it can be wheeled to the middle of the garage for workshop use and stored against the wall otherwise (the drawbacks of multi-purpose space!) Any thoughts as to the best way to proceed or problems I might be creating are appreciated.
The second item is to build a router fence that will clamp to and use the existing saw fence. Has anybody done this and are there plans or pics available?
Thirdly, PC provides a router adjustment tool that works through the table top. Has anybody worked with this, and is it a reasonable alternative to a PRL?
I don't want to cheap out, but the new saw and router have put a serious dent in the tool budget, and I need to look for ways to economize without sacrificing the quality of work - I'm prepared to sacrifice a bit of convenience however, until I can afford some of the expensive "nice-to-haves".