Workshop Upgrades #3: Ridgid 4511 router table

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Blog entry by jcwalleye posted 11-14-2010 02:47 AM 4127 reads 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once I got the fence upgraded as described in the second blog of this series it was time to get the router table built. Here are some pictures of the granite table added as a right wing to the Ridgid 4511 table saw.

Glued up 2” of mdf and laminated top and bottom with leftovers from a local cabinet shop. OK, it’s only as heavy as granite. Here the laminated slab is ready for cutting dados for the mitre and t-tracks.

Here are reference lines on masking tape for aligning the insert template and a picture of the starter hole in one corner. If I was to do it over again, I’d consider cutting the rough opening before gluing the sheets of mdf together. It was difficult to cut the rough opening with my jigsaw. I even thought about using a saws-all.

I ended up drilling starter holes in all corners.

And here is the finished top after installing the tracks and trimming the edges with ash.

And here is the second finished top. The first one didn’t get a good bond and was starting to come loose, so I worked it off. I had used a spray adhesive instead of contact cement. Even using a whole can on the top, it was still glue starved. The can says you can but I didn’t have any luck with the spray adhesive. It was the laminate that was glue starved, the mdf seemed plenty tacky.

A couple hundred pounds and two days to cure ensured a good bond the second time.

A few pics of the completed top.

This fence is off the old router table. I may build a sacrificial fence over the Bies for quick routing jobs.

The downdraft box with aux switch.

And from the back.

The few cuts I’ve made are fairly dust free.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#1 posted 11-14-2010 03:08 AM

Very nice. I like the way you did the dust collection. I’ll be borrowin this idea. Thnx for sharing.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 11-14-2010 03:46 AM

Joe, now that you are experienced you can come down and build mine. lol Heck, just let me have your throw aways. This shop is coming together very nice. I’m very happy for you. Thanks for sharing with us. Rand

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#3 posted 11-14-2010 03:48 AM

The box is from a plan from the Incra web site, called a Pivot-Door Downdraft Cabinet Plan. I modified the plan slightly and used a combination of 3/4 and 1/2” mdf. I also used a magnet to hold the door closed. Still need a knob for it though. Here is a picture of the open door.

-- Trees, a wonderful gift --Joe--

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#4 posted 11-14-2010 05:57 AM

That turned out really nice. I’m in the process of doing the same thing with my table saw. What were some of the challenges you faced and how did you overcome them?

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 11-14-2010 07:00 AM

Looks like it turned out OK.

Is that snow out there? We are still enjoying mid 40’s here in Billings.

I really need to come out for a shop visit and see you and your shop in person. I am sure Rita would like to spend some time in the Co-op while I visit with you.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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