R4511 Fence upgrades

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Project by 6t5Goat posted 03-26-2012 06:52 PM 3965 views 11 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project posting here on Lumberjocks.. and this project is a few years old..

Please excuse the messy basement photos.. and the blue walls/floors and ceiling..

It was that way when I moved in (not the mess.. just the blue paint)..

My woodworking journey started with a lunchtime trip to the Home Depot.. and stumbling accross the R4511 on clearance for 299.99.. Then when I asked the store manager if he would accept a coupon from the competion, and too my suprise, he said yes.. So.. with my 20% Harbor Freight coupon in hand.. I bought my table saw for a cool $240.00 bucks.. and its all been downhill from there.. (and HD has stopped takiing the 20% off HF coupons )

These are great saws… but the two part front fence rails left something to be desired..
So I replaced it with a 72 inch 2 * 2 aluminum bar. I also replaced both the front and rear angle iron with full 72 inch pieces so they could support the extention wings.

Thanks for looking.. I guess I should post up some of these projects that lots of lumberjocks have inspired.


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#1 posted 03-26-2012 07:07 PM

Goat – I have the same saw. Other than the issue you mentioned (which in practice has not reaaly been an issue), I like my fence just fine. I am interested in doing the same thing you did. I understand you used basic 72×2x2” aluminum bar and and 72” angle iron? Where did you get them? How hard was it to mount them properly?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 07:09 PM

Well done! Looks good, and I love the little dado blade compartment.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 07:13 PM

I got my metal at I went with 6061 t6 aluminium.. which is really overkill..

It took a little thinking and planning to get everything lined up properly.. I basicly used the original angle iron to set up the fence on the drill press..

For the square bar I just drilled and taped the tubing in the middle of it.. and put a bolt and nut inside on the ends where I could reach with a opened ended wrench..

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 01:21 PM

Love the storage for the dado. What a great idea!

-- - Aaron - St. Peter, MN

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 01:30 PM

I can’t claim the storage idea as my own..

It was inspired by lumberjockP: cfurnitureguy

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Paul Stoops

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 01:54 PM

Good job! Nice extra storage, too.

I’m a little confused, tho —you mention 2×2 aluminum bar, but isn’t that really 2×2 aluminum tube?

A solid 2×2 aluminum bar would really be an overkill …............ :-)

Great saw, isn’t it —I love mine.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 02:00 PM

Yes.. solid bar would be overkill..

It is a 2*2 Square Tube 3/16 wall thickness.. So not that bad..

And being aluminum it doesn’t need paint..

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#8 posted 03-27-2012 04:19 PM

I have the 4512 version. I think it’s the next generation?? anyway, I got it at a local discount place for $320 and thought I did great until you came along :-)

Beat me by ‘that much’. LOL

Anyway, Great addition to the saw. I’m happy with the fence system so far, even with the 2 sections. Gotta love that built in extra storage though. Haveta look into that, but I still haven’t put an outfeed table on yet. So much fun to have, and so little time. sigh.

-- -- Don from PA

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#9 posted 03-27-2012 04:25 PM

Looks great , like the storage.

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 05:21 PM

Ditto on the storage idea and it looks like you have a router insert on the opposite side. I am about to add that to my Jet saw. Good job.


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#11 posted 03-27-2012 06:13 PM

Thanks everyone for all the kind words..

If I did it over again.. I’d push the wing all to the right side of the blade in order to give me more than the 30 inches that I have now.. But that would require legs to hold up the wing..

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#12 posted 03-29-2012 01:18 PM

looks good and well done.

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