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Forum topic by MattCRNA posted 10-22-2019 10:57 PM 548 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MattCRNA

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10-22-2019 10:57 PM

Hey everyone,

I have a question about the wing placement on my new to me table saw. I recently purchased a Ridgid TS2424-1 table saw from a gentleman retiring from making cabinets. As you can see in the picture he has both wings mounted on the right and the rails slid that direction also. I’m not a cabinet maker, just a hobbyist starting out. I’d like to build a cross cut sled but concerned about sled balance since I have very little table left of the blade. Looking for suggestions on what to do. Should I purchase a third wing and mount it on the left or break it down and reset it to having 1 wing on either side of the cast iron table?

Thanks for any input in advance!

Matt


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Sark

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#1 posted 10-22-2019 11:58 PM

I’d leave the wings alone. Your sled will have enough stability just be being supported on the right hand side. There’s enough meat on the left side of the table to prevent any bending or wobble in the the sled.

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#2 posted 10-23-2019 12:58 PM

Just don’t make a sled that hangs off the left too much.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 10-23-2019 01:35 PM

^^^^This, as long as you have rails in the miter slots you can justify the sled to the right and you will be fine.

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bigJohninvegas

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#4 posted 10-23-2019 02:50 PM

I don’t see a problem leaving it set up the way it is, as long as it works for you. I upgraded my Ridgid r4512 to cast iron wings a couple years ago. And put a wing on left and right. But I would love to have a 3rd wing set up like yours.
As far as balance. The long rails will make your saw tippy even with a wing on the left side. Should be legs at the end of the rails to prevent it from tipping. You can pick up a 3rd wing cheap. I got mine for $20 each off of older retired saws. My saw came with stamped steel wings. And drilling the cast iron top to make the new wings fit was a breeze. You could also get a router table wing for the left side.

-- John

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#5 posted 10-23-2019 03:07 PM

i like the idea of buying a 3rd wing for the left and putting in a router this is what i would do if it was mine BUT only you can answer your own question :<)))

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#6 posted 10-23-2019 03:35 PM

If it were me, I move one wing over to the left side an then make an extension to fill the gap on the right side.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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xeddog

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#7 posted 10-23-2019 03:46 PM

I would do one of two things. One – move one extension to the left, and then build a new table extension for the right. For the right side, I might even build in a mount for a router. Two, just build a new extension for the left, again maybe add a router to that side. Two birds . . .

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#8 posted 10-23-2019 07:49 PM

If you’re going to build an extension, you’re better off building it to the right of the blade and bolting it on three sides. The cast iron wing is rigid enough to be bolted on the left without that support.

If you don’t need the rip capacity, it’s probably worth moving the rails back over to the left some, because they increase the rigidity of the whole saw by being bolted to both extension wings (all 3, in this case).

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bigJohninvegas

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#9 posted 10-23-2019 08:07 PM


If it were me, I move one wing over to the left side an then make an extension to fill the gap on the right side.

- PaulDoug

That is what I actually did on mine. But I would have liked to have had the router on the left wing, and put both the cast wings I have on the right.
Unfortunately, the saw I have. R4512, the motor housing sticks out to far on the left side for my router lift to sit there.
So Matt, here is a photo of my saw. If you move the wind to the left your saw would look about the same.

-- John

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#10 posted 10-23-2019 08:32 PM

If you have the $ I’d add the wing and leave the other two alone.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 10-24-2019 01:50 PM

Matt, nice score I’ve had my Ridgid TS3612 for over 15 years.

The TS2424 was also the same saw sold as the TS3612. The only difference between the two was the cut capacity to the right of the blade,(36 inch or 24 inch) and the measuring scale. I run the TS3612 in my shop and I have the CI wings to the left & right of the blade with a shop made router wing inserted on the end of the rails to the right of the blade. The extra weight on that side does tend to lean the saw over a bit and my concern for stress or ever bending the rails led me to create the simple brace you see at the end in the picture in the link. All of my tools are on mobile bases so I can get the cars in when I need to so the simple brace which is just held in place by the weight of the wing, makes it very simple to move things around. My router wing is a simple piece of 3/4 melamine ply with a 1.5 inch hardwood frame wrap through which I used the rail slots and drilled through the end of the CI wing to attach to the saw.

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MattCRNA

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#12 posted 10-24-2019 08:48 PM

Thanks for all the info and suggestions. I already have a Jess-em router table with the Jess-em Master Fence II. It’s mounted to a rolling stand, that’s how I bought it. Looks like the picture except I have a Woodpeckers plate.

I could probably move one of the CI wings to the left and build a frame to house the router table and fence. I would definitely need to make some support feet on the right to keep the saw from tipping from the weight of the router hanging from the table.

That would probably free up some space since my “shop” is our garage.

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#13 posted 10-24-2019 10:39 PM

I have the TS2424 with the webbed type cast iron wings. I’m surprised with two solid wings on one side that yours is not tippy. I would want legs under the rightmost wing.

Did you move the saw without removing the wings?

-Paul

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