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Upgrading the fence and wings on my Ridgid R4512 table saw

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Blog entry by bigJohninvegas posted 04-08-2018 09:54 PM 506 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

So I unfortunately purchased a Ridgid R4512 new back in 2013. I was a newer woodworker and my budget at the time would not allow for a saw with a higher price tag. And at the time I was a little intimidated by the idea of a 10+ year old (affordable) saw that was going to most likely need a rebuild.
So withing a year of that purchase, I had learned that I had the skill to handle a tool rebuild, and wished I had bought an old unisaw or powermatic and done that rebuild.
But here I was, stuck with a R4512.
So I have participated in many forums here about this saw, and debated with myself as to spend money on upgrading the fence vs saving for a new saw. And I had decided to save for the new saw. Most likely a Saw stop. So big upgrade that would still be a year or so in my future.
Then last summer I found a Biesemeyer fence on craigslist for an asking price of $225. Not at all interested in spending that sort of cash on this saw I ignored it. almost 3 months later it was still there for a little less money.
And a location map was added showing the guy was about 2 miles away. So I figured 1st, whats wrong with it? but it was so close that I figured why not take a look. So I could not find anything wrong with it, and I talked him down to $140. So I got a biesemeyer commercial fence with 52” rails complete for $140. SCORE!!
So, this fence sat in a corner for a couple months while I prepared for a little rotator cuff surgery. While I was sitting around rehabbing after the shoulder surgery, and not able to even look at my shop, I found a saw stop cast iron wing on craigslist. $20 Perfect, brand new condition. The guy had a 3rd wing and was down sizing his shop. No more room for it. This got me looking for a 2nd wing, which I found right away at Woodworkers Emporium. (my local woodworking tool store). They sold me this old rusty wing they had laying around for $25.
So I wined up with a new fence, and cast iron wings for $185.
Sometime the stars line up just right.
The cast iron wings were easy enough, I have read where others have done this to the Ridgid saw.
The Ridgid saw comes with 3 tapped holes for the stamped steel wings. All the cast iron wings are 4 hole.
In the end I could not make the 4 holes work that were on the cast iron wings. So I wound up using the 3 holes that came with the saw and drilled the wings to match.
The fence was very easy. I had a couple holes line up and then had to drill the rest.
I did have to buy a few more bolts. I really wanted to make sure the wings were secure since I used a 3 bolt vs 4 to hold the wings to the saw. I went back a drilled the wings to bolt to the fence.
I did this upgrade back around thanksgiving, and have been using the saw almost daily since. I am very pleased with how it has turned out.


The Saw Stop wing is on the right. To make the 3 bolt pattern work I had to drill through the rounded part in the middle. Also had to buy a longer bolt.


The old Ridgid fence rails sagged, and I had added angle iron to them to keep them flat.
So I re purposed that angle iron to help bolt up the new wings nice and flat.

-- John



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#1 posted 04-08-2018 11:50 PM

So, let me get this straight. That’s a Rigid table saw with SawStop CI wings and a Biesemeyer fence?

In other words its a Frankenstein Saw. I like that. Good example of making do and improvising with what you have available.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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