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Router table for my new Ridgid r4511

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Project by Adam posted 01-08-2010 05:13 AM 6035 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the router table insert I created for my Ridgid r4511 table saw. I laminated 2” thick pieces of scrap cherry together and flattened it with hand planes. The problem was attaching it to the saw, as the top is granite there was no way to attach it directly to the top.

Picture 3 shows the angled steel that was bolted to the front rail and then to the bottom of the router table. Picture 4 is the back rail where I drilled 2 holes and used 2½” lags to attach it there. Overall it is stable and does not have any flex even when I push fairly hard.

The lat picture is the cherry I added to the fence, which was sanded to 600 grit and then waxed. It is very slick. Next I need to make some 0 clearance inserts.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada





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Jason

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#1 posted 01-08-2010 05:23 AM

Cool! I did something very similar with my Bosch contractors saw.

-- Jason

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Troy

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#2 posted 01-08-2010 05:26 AM

Very nice work. I think you will be happy with the upgrade. I think you could top off the whole station perfectly by turning it 90 degrees, if possible, and adding an out feed table.

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) || http://www.birchhillwoodcrafts.com

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WoodshopJoe

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#3 posted 01-08-2010 07:26 AM

I’ve been planning on doing this to my Ridgid saw as well… great job!!

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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maples

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#4 posted 01-08-2010 08:55 AM

this is actually very timely, and nice job, I was just last nite looking at my table saw and router table, and thinking how to afix a router on teh side of my saw,, the saw I have is an older craftsman with cast extensions, I think I figured a way but havent started on it yet..nice work good luck, go make some sawdust

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FiremanFrank

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#5 posted 01-08-2010 04:51 PM

Good Job! I think I might do something similar when I upgrade my TS.

-- Frank - Winter Garden, Florida

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PurpLev

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#6 posted 01-08-2010 04:58 PM

very nicely done!

cherry for the router table top? NICE!

as for attaching the router table to the granite top – another option would be to take off the right-wing, and use the 3 bolts that hold the wing to attach a larger sized extention table with the router plate in it. just another way to go about it. but I think you did a fantastic job as is!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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TomFran

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#7 posted 01-08-2010 06:46 PM

Nice space-saving solution that will utilize your TS fence!

What kind of material did you use for your router insert? Does it work OK?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Adam

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#8 posted 01-08-2010 08:16 PM

The insert is 1/2” Baltic birch ply. It works for now but I am planning on replacing it in the near future with a commercial one.

Thanks for the comments.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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bigike

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#9 posted 01-10-2010 05:43 AM

good job.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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something_vague

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 02:05 AM

Was thinking of doing a similar thing to my R4511. But I think I want a new fence system before I go about doing the router extension project that way a have longer angle iron in the front and back to affix the table to. I do like the laminated cherry idea to get a flat and durable top. I was thinking of going with two layers of 3/4” MDF but am struggling with how I will attach the mdf to the rails. MDF doesn’t accept screws very well. Thanks for the inspiration.

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ndwoody

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#11 posted 12-04-2011 03:58 AM

nice project! going to get working on mine tomorrow.

Thanks everyone.

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 05-04-2012 03:44 PM

Nice job on that insert. Necessity is the mother of invention. There is always a way if you put your mind to it.
thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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NedB

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#13 posted 07-19-2012 04:30 PM

holy smokes, that is one handsome router wing! Now that it is nearly 2.5 years later, how has it held up in ‘daily’ use?

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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Adam

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#14 posted 07-22-2012 12:26 PM

Very well it sitll nice and flat and serves my purposes. Thanks.

-- Adam, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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#15 posted 01-24-2014 04:56 PM

Looking to do something similar. How did you go about creating the miter slot?

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