Evolution of a Shop #10: New fence for R4511

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Blog entry by Cory posted 07-13-2010 06:23 PM 8466 reads 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Mobile Carts...A Godsend in a small shop Part 10 of Evolution of a Shop series Part 11: Outfeed table and bench vise »

I haven’t been terribly unhappy with the stock fence that came with my Ridgid R4511 table saw, but I did want to improve it. I followed several blogs and forum topics on replacing the front and rear rails, buying a new tube and using the stock fence, but I felt like that was a lot of work (and I’m feeling lazy lately). So, my lovely bride blessed me with a new fence as a gift for our 10 year anniversary. I love that woman.

Here’s the shop fox fence from Grizzly mounted on my saw, covered in sawdust:

Installation was pretty simple. The only hard part was drilling the holes in the steel. That was a first for me and took quite a bit of time. The rest was a breeze. The fence is incredibly easy to adjust and locks down more solidly than the stock fence. It’s 26” capacity to the right of the blade is sufficient. I wish I had room for the 7’ rails, but I don’t. So, I make do with the smaller rails and it accommodates most every cut I make.

I added a small extension table to fill the gap between the rails. It’s a simple frame made of maple with a particle board top covered in laminate that’s similar to the granite top.

The fence faces are excellent. They were extremely flat right out of the box. The fence required very little modifications to be square. I would highly recommend it.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 07-13-2010 06:40 PM

That looks like a great fence upgrade, Cory! I’d like to do that with my Jet saw, too.

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#2 posted 07-13-2010 06:47 PM

Cory, great work!
I did the same to my R4511. Yes ShopFox fence is really rock solid.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 07-13-2010 07:01 PM

Greetings Cory, Stellar job on the fence set-up….. Looking good, bro !!!!. You can never have enough extentions on a tablesaw. Nicely done, too, on the addition of the outfeed table….. smoooooth !!!!. Glad you are happy with your new setup. When your pleased with your tools and they are working right for you, that makes for happy times in the shop….. keep on keeping on, dude…......

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#4 posted 07-13-2010 07:09 PM

looking sweet.

can’t tell from the pic – is the fence riding on the back rail like the stock fence? or is it only riding on the front tube?

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#5 posted 07-13-2010 07:09 PM

That’s nice. Nice miter gage too. Also like the little box holding the push sticks. You have it all together.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 07-13-2010 07:50 PM

Very nice. I’m considering the same upgrade. I find the stock fence pretty annoying (but what did I expect?). Does the fence glide smoothly and stay parallel to the blade during gliding?

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#7 posted 07-13-2010 08:02 PM

Excellent upgrade. There are very few saws that do not benefit from some type of improvements.

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#8 posted 07-13-2010 08:09 PM

Purp: The fence rides on some slick pads that rest on the surface of the saw table, unlike the stock fence. The rear rail really serves no purpose.

Charlton: Yes, the fence glides amazingly well. Much better than the stock fence and rail set up. I dialed it in and it hasn’t moved. Just checked it yesterday. Still nearly .000 all the way across.

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#9 posted 07-13-2010 08:10 PM

That looks excellent. That extension wing is screaming to be converted to a nice router wing if you need one though…

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#10 posted 07-13-2010 08:12 PM

dbhost: You’re right about the router wing. I thought about that quite a bit. I’d have to make the table a littler larger, but it would be great for that. Right now I’m pretty happy with my stand alone router table, though. Maybe if I get that bandsaw for my birthday (in 10 days for those of you looking for ideas) I’ll be looking to free up floor space.

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#11 posted 07-13-2010 08:14 PM

Thanks Cory, so that means you really have to have that extension table then since the stock fence does ride on the back rail, and does not require the table surface.

glad to hear it’s working so well!

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