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Blog entry by noweyrey1 posted 06-15-2011 03:00 AM 1666 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I finally got around to making a zero clearance insert for my Ridgid R4511 Table saw. I’ve had the saw since November, but have not had much time to use it yet. I build an auxilary fence for it a couple weeks ago, which has helped a bit. I ordered some phenolic sheets on Ebay and finally they arrived today so I could make the insert. I had purchased the insert kit from Rockler previously, but its to short for my saws throat plate opening.
Attached is some pictures of the insert from start to finish. I think it came out good and will have a few more to put on ebay for other Ridgid or Steel city owners who don’t want to mess with making their own.



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DamnYankee

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 03:05 AM

I’ve got the same TS and ran into the same problem with the insert I bought from Rockler. I’ll be on the look out for your selling some.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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Paul Stoops

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 04:05 AM

I have the same TS and I am interested in some of your phenolic stock. I was unable to find any listing on Ebay that had phenolic sheet stock large enough for making ZCI’s for this saw (i.e. 3 3/4” x 14 5/8”). Am I missing something here?

Thanks

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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DamnYankee

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 04:13 PM

I have found sheets of it (24” x 24”) before but not the size/ kit specific for the r4511

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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noweyrey1

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#4 posted 06-18-2011 01:42 AM

Search for Ridgid 4511 and the ones I listed should come up. I may just put raw sheets up there so people can make their own because I’m finding it takes a little longer to make one than is very cost effective for me. I bought a 58×15 sheet to cut up but I’m considering making a router table extension out of part of it now. I’ll still have 5 or six inserts I can sell though if I go that route. Search for Audiojeff as the seller under advanced search and my listing will pop up also. Thanks

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Paul Stoops

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#5 posted 06-18-2011 04:14 AM

Thanks, nowerey1 for the clarification. I did find your listing on Ebay. Your ZCI looks nice.

What do you mean by “groove cut on bottom for blade clearance”? Is the saw cut thru the top face of the insert? How wide and deep is the groove?

I am interested in the raw stock you mentioned. I assume the raw stock must be approximately 4” x 15”. Is that correct? I might be interested in buying 4 or 5 pieces, depending upon the price and shipping charges. Please advise.

Thanks,

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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noweyrey1

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#6 posted 06-18-2011 02:23 PM

Hi Paul,

I routed a 1/4 inch groove on the bottom to clear the blade teethe before you can raise the blade through it. You could also clamp it on top of your original insert and raise the blade through it and skip that step as I have seen some others do. I will find out about shipping charges and get back to you with a price for raw stock. I think we can work something out. Thanks for your interest.

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Paul Stoops

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#7 posted 06-18-2011 03:35 PM

Thanks for your speedy reply. I look forward to hearing from you about the raw stock.

Thanks,

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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