Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #4: On-Board Storage

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Blog entry by Paul Stoops posted 12-24-2011 11:32 PM 27357 reads 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My present shop is very small — approximately 9 1/2 ft. x 20 ft. With tools along both long walls, it is more like a woodworking corridor….......... :-) It does take some planning of operating sequences! Needless to say, I don’t whack up any 4’ x 8’ sheet goods — that’s what my sawhorses and Skilsaw out in the carport are for! However, I am thankful to have even a small shop space to putter in, and most of my projects will be small items.

That said, real estate in my shop is a very precious commodity. Consequently, I designed the new mobile base for this Model R4511 with provisions to add modular storage cabinets.

The left side of this saw table extends about 12 inches beyond the cabinet. As designed, the only residents of this space were the Tilt Handwheel and the fence storage brackets.

To make the best use of this space, I was willing to give up the fence storage brackets and try to figure out some way to relocate the Tilt Handwheel. So I designed a five-drawer cabinet to fit this space under the table extension and between the caster outriggers on the mobile base. Cabinet construction was mostly Baltic Birch plywood, with various other varieties used in less visible places. Visible edges on the front of the cabinet were faced with 1/2” poplar. The 1/2” back panel of the cabinet was secured to the saw cabinet with screws.

All of the drawers are 10 1/2” deep with 1/2” Baltic Birch frames and most have 5mm Birch plywood underlayment bottoms. The drawer sides are dadoed into the drawer fronts, which, I discovered later, made them much harder to get aligned with one another on installation. If I were doing it again, I would make separate drawer fronts. All drawers are mounted on ball bearing full extension slides with 1” overtravel. I found a lot of these slides for $4/pair, so I couldn’t pass them up.

The large drawer was designed to hold my saw blades, and has a 1/2” thick BB ply bottom to accommodate the extra weight. The drawer will store 11 saw blades. In addition, there is also space along the side of the blade compartment for my 8” dado set and my 8” box joint cutter set.

In the matching space on the right side of the saw cabinet, I designed a small cabinet with a drawer mounted on the same full extension ball bearing slides with overtravel. Construction of this cabinet was the same as for the cabinet on the left side of the mobile base. The space above this cabinet is taken up by the motor cover. Tho small, this drawer will still be useful for storing miscellaneous accessories and tooling.

As mentioned earlier, I designed the new mobile base with a deep drawer in its front panel. This drawer is about 20” deep and is mounted on full extension ball bearing slides. The large size of this drawer will accommodate storage of bulky items like my Delta Tenoning Jig, Zero Clearance Inserts, etc.

So, that’s it for the on-board storage provisions. Thanks for coming along — but there is much more to come…............

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#1 posted 12-25-2011 12:03 AM

whats your plan for relocating the tilt handwheel?

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#2 posted 12-25-2011 02:55 AM

Could you post picture of the whole thing?
Thank you.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 03:47 AM

Yes pictures please and more on tilt wheel

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#4 posted 12-25-2011 03:58 AM

Aha—- the mysterious moving Tilt Handwheel….......... Sorry folks, but that’s a secret that will have to wait…....... :-) Stay tuned…’s on the agenda. In the meantime, how would you do it? There are several possibilities, some of which have been discussed here on LJ…...........

Similarly, we can’t post a finished project picture yet…............That would be like reading the last page of a mystery novel…...................!!

But in the meantime, I wish you all a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#5 posted 12-25-2011 04:49 AM

BOOOOO….. i just want a pic of the saw on the mobile base.

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