A bunch of least for me

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Project by psh posted 05-20-2010 04:19 AM 5189 views 19 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my first:
a. project post as a LJ
b. “real” tablesaw – Ridgid R4511
c. router table
d. laminating efforts
e. attempts at joinery – tongue and groove on storage “cabinet”, box joints on router table
f. euro hinges
g. BLO and wax finishing

The tips and guidance from the Ridgid forum, and Purplev’s blog posting here, were of great help assembling and tuning the R. Primary inspiration came from cFurnitureGuy’s R upgrades/projects. with comments appreciated by fredf.

I read on one of the ww forums I’m currently scouring that shop projects are a good place to practice new techniques, so I jammed a bunch of them into this project. Blade storage cabinet/box has vinyl laminated ply (both sides) for the floor, box is made from poplar. Cabinet door is 3/4 MDF laminated on all faces (still not very good at cleaning up edges with router :o, tips appreciated), mounted via Blum hinges and adjustable stops. Router table is two layers of 3/4 MDF with both faces laminated and bound with box jointed poplar. All banding is finished with BLO and wax. Bracing is 3/4 birch ply, doubled under router plate. Front rail is mounted on 2 1/2” x 1/4” steel with 6” hole spacing so I can adjust as needed. Currently set to give me 45 1/2” to the right with up to 52 1/2” by clamping the fence to the router table (27×32 1/2). Still need dust collection for router and probably some legs – I’m not worried about the table sinking, rather I can pretty easily lift the left side of the saw up by leaning (a bit heavily) on the end of the router table. Comments, queries, and criticisms welcomed!

-- Peter, Central VA

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#1 posted 05-20-2010 04:22 AM

Thats great a good bunch of cool tools


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#2 posted 05-20-2010 04:32 AM

Very impressed with this upgrade. Looks like you’ve got a a very nice, well built work station there. I especially like the idea of the box right at the top of the saw for blades and other accessories. Well done.

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#3 posted 05-20-2010 04:41 AM

Pretty smokin set up you have there!

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#4 posted 05-20-2010 04:41 AM


Wow! What an upgrade! We like your idea about the legs. That should give it real stability and not risk tipping the saw if you push down too heavily while routing. That blade storage idea is terrific.

Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 05-20-2010 04:49 AM

Not bad. I like the storage on the opposite end of the TS from the router table. Thats not one i’ve seen b 4. Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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#6 posted 05-20-2010 05:03 AM

impressive! looks like a massive work station – very efficient!

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#7 posted 05-20-2010 05:06 AM

That’s a big-a&& table!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 05-20-2010 05:15 AM

Very nice!

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#9 posted 05-20-2010 05:21 AM

So this being a granite top, I have to assume that all the extension tables are being supported by the L bracket and no holes were drilled on granite sides?
Super job !

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#10 posted 05-20-2010 05:33 AM

Excellent job. The storage cabinet is very cool.

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#11 posted 05-20-2010 05:54 AM

WOW I like it very nice and I really like the storage box idea.

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#12 posted 05-20-2010 06:44 AM

did you polish the granite? i have the same saw, and was going to wax and polish the top, but was talked out of it, by someone at a woodcraft supply store. for good reason i thought, since the wax or polish could rub off onto the wood surfaces and negatively effect the finishing. he meant that what ever finish is to be used, would have a hard time penetrating since it would have a slight film of wax on the wood. i would still like to polish it with something and make it smooth as glass. I’d love to hear if anyone has any thoughts on this?

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#13 posted 05-20-2010 09:16 AM

very cool

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#14 posted 05-20-2010 11:21 AM

Nice work, I have a Rigid TS, Steel top and added a router table with a triton router to the side. I plan on building a cabniet on the side and adding casters on the end to make it more stable when pushing on the router table. Nice!

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#15 posted 05-20-2010 12:26 PM

I have this TS, and now I am dripping with jealousy!!! Seriously good work!

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