Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw

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Blog series by Paul Stoops updated 01-02-2012 12:16 AM 12 parts 225307 reads 113 comments total

Part 1: Introduction and Background

12-24-2011 04:56 AM by Paul Stoops | 6 comments »

After moving into a different house with a very small shop, I had to leave behind my beloved General Model 350 3HP cabinet saw with Delta Unifence and 50 inch rails…....... :-( However, after much research and positive reviews on LJ and other forums, I purchased a Ridgid Model R4511 Hybrid Table Saw in 2009….... :-) I was much impressed by this well engineered tool with so many features offered at such a favorable price, especially with the sale going on at Home Depot at the ti...

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Part 2: Redesigned Mobile Base

12-24-2011 07:01 AM by Paul Stoops | 25 comments »

The Herculift mobile base supplied with the saw worked well, but it wasted a lot of space under the cabinet: In addition, the heavy (~200#) granite top and cast iron mechanism made the saw feel top heavy and somewhat unstable when moving it, due to the small caster footprint. As others have done, my solution to this condition was to redesign the mobile base with a wider caster footprint: The wider footprint distributed the weight much more evenly and made the saw feel very stabl...

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Part 3: Improved Dust Collection

12-24-2011 09:40 PM by Paul Stoops | 4 comments »

In my view, adequate dust collection from a tool involves both the design of the tool and the design of the dust collection provisions. The Model R4511 cabinet is a well made, three sided, heavy gage sheet metal design. The fourth side is open and covered with the hinged plastic motor cover. Note the large corner gussets and the ledge that surrounds the bottom of the cabinet. A sloped plastic pan, 3/4” deep at the front and about 6” at the rear, is provided under the saw cabinet ...

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Part 4: On-Board Storage

12-24-2011 11:32 PM by Paul Stoops | 5 comments »

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 sai...

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Part 5: Upgraded Rip Fence

12-26-2011 09:25 PM by Paul Stoops | 11 comments »

For those who don’t have the Ridgid Model R4511 or have never seen one, the stock fence is a T-square type — sort of a mini-Biesemeyer configuration, very loosely speaking. This configuration is somewhat similar to the Delta T-2, which a number of folks have purchased to replace the stock fence on this saw. It has a square tube front rail, bolted to a formed steel angle which is screwed to the front of the granite table top. For ease of shipping, the front rail is split in two p...

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Part 6: Rear Outfeed Table

12-27-2011 04:58 AM by Paul Stoops | 2 comments »

One of the useful additions to a table saw is a Rear Outfeed Table. In my old shop I made a folding rear outfeed table for my General 350 cabinet saw that was something like 24” deep and 48” wide. Altho it worked well, it took up a lot of space (which I had available in that shop), but it made a great assembly table. However, in my new small, narrow, shop, I had to rethink a design suitable for the space I had available. I knew a folding design probably wouldn’t work bec...

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Part 7: A Breezy Side Extension Table

12-27-2011 06:19 AM by Paul Stoops | 6 comments »

A Side Extension Table was required to fill the space between the front and rear fence support rails, outboard of the saw table. Some folks install a solid panel, as I did on my General 350 cabinet saw in my old shop because I had a multi-drawer cabinet underneath. Many folks use this space for a router table, which is a great way to add another tool to the shop without eating up any floor space. We have seen many great examples of this type of router table here on the LJ forums — it se...

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Part 8: Relocating the Tilt Handwheel -- Design Considerations

12-29-2011 05:07 AM by Paul Stoops | 8 comments »

My decision to put a storage cabinet under the left hand table extension of my Model R4511 tablesaw necessitated the relocation of the Tilt Handwheel. When I designed the cabinet, I made provision for this modification by including a blank panel in the front of the cabinet, centered on the Tilt Handwheel shaft. In the photo below, this panel is located on the right side of the lower drawer, which is actually the middle drawer of the cabinet. The Tilt Handwheel shaft, 10mm in diamet...

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Part 9: Relocated Tilt Handwheel -- Finally Making It Happen

12-31-2011 01:36 AM by Paul Stoops | 21 comments »

My Turn-The-Corner-Thingy Selection My first choice was to use a small right angle gearbox, but I was unable to come up with any miniature ones with my Google searches. Fellow LJer DIYaholic pointed out some really skookum looking ones yesterday from sources that I somehow missed when I was searching. (Thanks, Randy – I tucked those references away in my Turn-The-Corner-Thingy file for future projects.) Had I seen them, I might have gone that direction. The only right angle gearboxes I cou...

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Part 10: Tilt Indicator Redesign

12-31-2011 10:51 PM by Paul Stoops | 6 comments »

As shown below, the Tilt Angle Indicator furnished with the Model R4511 was typical of most tablesaws — a sheet metal pointer secured to the arbor tilt mechanism. These pointers are somewhat fragile and easily bumped out of alignment. This one was bent when I received the saw, and you can see from the worn off paint that I didn’t do a very good job of straightening it (while on the saw). At best, this type of device provides a very rough indication of actual blade tilt ...

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Part 11: The Final Upgrades

01-01-2012 10:38 PM by Paul Stoops | 3 comments »

This blog chapter discusses the final upgrades I made to my Model R4511 tablesaw. Upgrading the Blade Insert As with most tablesaws, the stock blade insert is a metal die casting with a wide slot to accommodate both vertical and bevel cutting. However, the wide slot does not provide adequate support of the material, particularly when cross cutting. The lack of material support adjacent to the cut is especially noticeable when cross cutting hardwood plywood, which frequently has very thi...

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Part 12: The Unveiling -- Before and After

01-02-2012 12:16 AM by Paul Stoops | 16 comments »

This final chapter winds up our journey— Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw. Where I Started The Changes I Made Here is the baker’s dozen of additions and modifications I made to my Model R4511 to transform it from a great tablesaw to an even greater one – and more importantly, into one which fits the constraints of my small shop and my own personal preferences. • Improved Mobile Base• Internal Baffling• Improved Dust Collection• On-Board Storage• Rea...

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