The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #8: A Little Extra Support

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 07-05-2010 07:01 PM 2738 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally got around to finishing an outfeed table for my Ridgid R4511 table saw. This is the first time I’ve had a dedicated outfeed table (or a table saw with a fence extension either) so it was really nice to use it for cutting sheets of plywood.

I basically stole the idea from this guy:

And he basically stole it from here:

But this is what mine turned out like:

outfeed table


outfeed table side view


front view


I liked the idea of having it fold so that I could minimize the footprint in the garage if I ever want to park cars in there. The other advantage is that I can still move the saw around by its herc-u-lift mobile base easier with the table folded.




folded side view


When I built the extension/router wing on the saw, I replaced the 2 piece factory angle iron on the back of the saw with one longer piece. I was able to use that to help support the top of the fixed section of the table. I was then able to reuse one of the factory angle iron bars to create the lower support for the angled braces holding up the rear edge of the fixed top. I even reused some of the nuts and bolts that secured the saw to its shipping crate to bolt on that lower angle iron!



The top is simply 3/4 MDF with a support structure of 3/4 plywood. I bought a sheet of Formica to laminate onto it to make it more durable, slippery and glue resistant. It only cost a few bucks more to get a granite-look as opposed to white, so I went for it.

The legs are temporary since I need to buy some special folding brackets from Rockler and I’m waiting until I need to buy some other things. For now, though, my cobbled together and clamped on legs are sufficient.



When i finally make some nicer legs, I’ll be sure to post pics.

I’m now working on a new workbench. Expect the next installment in a few days.

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#1 posted 07-05-2010 08:30 PM

I like the look of the granite… definitely better than white!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 03:11 AM

Awesome. I have that same saw and have been contemplating something like this.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 06:07 AM

Nice outfeed table. I like the split design.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#4 posted 07-06-2010 03:22 PM

I also have the R4511 but I cheated a bit and upgraded my fence to a Biesemeyer which gave me much stronger brackets to attach to. I have not yet built an outfeed table but I added a right wing router extension. The Biesemeyer kit came with a nice set of legs that I will use for the outfeed table when I build it.

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 05:06 PM

great work. I’m so jealous of you guys that were able to get these saws and I’m even more jealous after seeing such a great overall setup. I bet you are just loving it.

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#6 posted 07-07-2010 05:29 AM

I am pretty happy with the saw and the new arrangement. The saw was a huge step up from the benchtop model I was using before, but after using it for a few months now, I see why people go for more power. The saw does bog down a bit when cutting stock thicker than 1.5 inches. Given the huge price gap between what I paid and what a 3 hp model would cost I don’t mind the slow feed rate so much.

I thought about a stand alone outfeed table setup for a while and saw a nice plan in FWW’s shop and tool edition, but given the mobile base of the saw and the desire to seem like the garage might be able to park cars, this seemed like the best idea for me. Even if I don’t ever fold it down.

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