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Ridgid R4511 fence upgrade and router table extension #1: Fence Upgrade Delta T2 on Ridgid R4511 and router table extension

878 days ago by john1102 | 4 comments »

I decided to upgrade the standard fence that was on my Ridgid R4511. Mainly this is because I needed longer rails for an extension (future router table) and never felt the fence/rails that were issued on the saw were substantially stout. To start with the rails that are sent with the Delta T2 don’t match the existing holes, I figured this would happen. (I chose the delta since the Steel City Fence that does match this saw was approx $400 that does match the holes exact). I dri...

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Ridgid R4511 Table Saw Height Adjustment Handle Jammed

896 days ago by falegniam | 5 comments »

Subject: Ridgid R4511 Table Saw Height Adjustment Handle Jammed- I was wondering if anyone has had a problem with lowering or raising the blade? What happened to me today was rather strange because this saw is almost new. In the middle of working with it, I has set the blade at it highest point. It got stuck there because the handle would not turn, and not a piece of wood jamming it. Eventually i got it to turn, but with much care because the handle is made of thin cast aluminum. Plus i did...

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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #11: The Final Upgrades

932 days ago 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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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #10: Tilt Indicator Redesign

933 days ago 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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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #9: Relocated Tilt Handwheel -- Finally Making It Happen

934 days ago 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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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #8: Relocating the Tilt Handwheel -- Design Considerations

936 days ago 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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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #7: A Breezy Side Extension Table

938 days ago 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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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #6: Rear Outfeed Table

938 days ago by Paul Stoops | 1 comment »

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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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #3: Improved Dust Collection

940 days ago 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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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #2: Redesigned Mobile Base

941 days ago by Paul Stoops | 8 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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