This final chapter winds up our journey— Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw.
Where I Started
The Changes I Made
Here is the baker’s dozen of additions and modifications I made to my Model R4511 to transform it from a great tablesaw to an even greater one – and more importantly, into one which fits the constraints of my small shop and my own personal preferences.
• Improved Mobile Base
• Internal Baffling
• Improved Dust Collection
• On-Board Storage
• Rear Extension Table
• Downdraft Side ExtensionTable
• Upgraded Rip Fence
• Relocated Tilt Handwheel
• Digital Tilt Angle Indicator
• Zero Clearance Inserts
• Upgraded Miter Gage
• Upgraded Power Switch
• Conversion to 240VAC Input
Where I Finished — My Decked Out Model R4511
Is it okay if I say I’m really pleased with the way this project turned out? Dads should be proud of their kids, right………….!!
This has been a wonderful, creative, adventure for me. This is the first time I have made major modifications to a piece of woodworking equipment. I am especially pleased that I was able to make significant improvements to a machine that was already well-engineered, to make it better fit my needs and preferences.
In retrospect, I can only think of two changes I would make if I were doing it again:
• Make the Rip Fence Rail Support Angle from ¼” steel stock
• Mount the Mobile Base on 5” diameter casters.
I hope the information I have presented – in a lot of detail, intentionally – will encourage others to reevaluate their equipment and look for ways to modify or adapt it to meet their unique situation and personal preferences. How many times have you said, “Gee, I really like this tool, but I wish this _ feature was different”? The big picture may look daunting, but if you break it up in little pieces (and maybe those into even smaller pieces) it is probably doable far easier than you can possibly imagine. Go for it!!
There are lots of experienced folks here at LJ and other forums like it, who are always ready to offer suggestions and share their experiences. I am retired, so I have a lot of time to putter, and offer “sage advice”, whatever that is. If I can help, please don’t hesitate to ask. I have made most of the possible mistakes over the years, so maybe I can steer you around some of them…………… :-)
Thanks for following patiently along with me. I hope to hear some feedback from folks who have used this information to modify their Model R4511 or other equipment to better suit their preferences. I hope you will post pics of your adventure!
So long— for now…………… :-)
-- Paul, Auburn, WA