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Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw #1: Introduction and Background

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Blog entry by Paul Stoops posted 950 days ago 2966 reads 19 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw series Part 2: Redesigned Mobile Base »

After moving into a different house with a very small shop, I had to leave behind my beloved General Model 350 3HP cabinet saw with Delta Unifence and 50 inch rails…....... :-(

However, after much research and positive reviews on LJ and other forums, I purchased a Ridgid Model R4511 Hybrid Table Saw in 2009….... :-) I was much impressed by this well engineered tool with so many features offered at such a favorable price, especially with the sale going on at Home Depot at the time.

After using the saw for about a year or so, it became apparent that some improvements could be made to better utilize the space in my shop and adapt the saw to my own personal preferences. Some of the modifications were intended to correct perceived design deficiencies; some were equipment upgrades; and some were just to suit my own personal preferences.

This multi-part blog will describe these modifications and some of the logic behind them. As many of you have this wonderful saw, you may find some of these modifications worthy of implementing in your own shop. I would like to thank all of the folks who have so freely shared their ideas and expertise on this forum. Some of the changes I made were inspired by ideas shared on the LJ forums and others.

The topics to be covered in this blog series include the following:

  • Redesigned Mobile Base
  • Improved Dust Collection
  • On-Board Storage
  • Upgraded Rip Fence
  • Rear Outfeed Table
  • Downdraft Side Extension Table
  • Relocated Tilt Handwheel — Design Considerations
  • Relocated Tilt Handwheel — Finally Making It Happen
  • Tilt Indicator Redesign
  • Final Modifications
  • The Unveiling — Before and After

Please come along with me on this adventure. I think you will find it interesting, and even if you have a different model tablesaw, you might just find some ideas you can put to work in your own shop—and hopefully improve upon!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA



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jaydubya

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#1 posted 950 days ago

Looking forward to seeing this. I really wish i could have found a 4511 when i was in the market. What are you doing for a rip fence? Im looking at making my own T-style fence

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Paul Stoops

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#2 posted 950 days ago

Hi jaydubya,

Since you missed the R4511, what saw did you buy?

I changed over to a Delta Unifence, which will be discussed in a later section of this blog.

A lot of folks seem to be happy with the Delta T-2 fence. I have seen some shop made fences on some of the forums that used purchased extrusions—very nice, but I suspect very expensive.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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jaydubya

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#3 posted 949 days ago

I went with a craftsman 21833. The unifence is an interesting choice. Did you already have one? I intend to build my own t-square fence using this http://techtalk.parts-express.com/showthread.php?p=1588940 as my basis with a few mods of my own. Ive seen the T-2 fence assembled and it just doesnt seem beefy enough for me. I have a problem with overdoing things

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Paul Stoops

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#4 posted 949 days ago

Your saw looks a lot like the Ridgid R4512, if I recall correctly. Looks like a good choice—a lot of folks seem to like the R4512.

I had a Unifence on my old General 350, which I just loved. After using one for about 20 yrs., I found it hard to change. I did have to buy the 30” Unifence I used for this project. I will be discussing it in a later part of this blog.

There’s no doubt that the Biesemeyer type design is one of the most sturdy fences I have ever seen. And I think they are probably the most commonly found design among serious woodworkers. This design you are considering looks very similar, but I think it is even a heavier build. I didn’t read the whole post you referenced, but it sure looks like it would do the job for you. No question that it is a lot more sturdily built than the Unifence, which would make it ideal for cutting large sheet goods. I hope you will post your project here so we can see what you come up with.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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jaydubya

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#5 posted 949 days ago

My saw is basically identical to the ridgid 4512. I will defiinitely post it here for all to see. I think I can come in under 125 dollars for my fence, which will hopefully be functionally equivalent to something 3 times the price

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