My Decked Out Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw

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This project involved making the following changes and modifications to my Ridgid Model R4511 Table Saw to make it better fit the constraints of my small shop and my personal preferences.

• Improved Mobile Base
• Internal Baffling
• Improved Dust Collection
• On-Board Storage
• Rear Extension Table
• Downdraft Side Extension Table
• Upgraded Rip Fence
• Relocated Tilt Handwheel
• Digital Tilt Angle Indicator
• Zero Clearance Inserts
• Upgraded Miter Gage
• Upgraded Power Switch
• Conversion to 240VAC Input

These modifications were discussed in detail here:

Some of the ideas and materials used were based upon the great discussions and projects previously offered here on the LJ website.

This project was part of a narrated slide presentation given December 8, 2011, to the Northwest Woodworkers Guild, of Seattle, WA, of which I am an active member.

Any comments and constructive criticisms are welcomed. I will answer any questions you might have.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#1 posted 01-02-2012 12:44 AM

I’ve got the same machine and love your mods. Great job!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 12:58 AM

Wow , you forgot to mention polishing to table to mirror finish, looks great.

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Paul Stoops

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 01:21 AM

Durnik150—Thanks, it was a lot of fun. And what a joy to use! Jump in, the water’s fine…... :-)

lewis62 —The table top finish is one of the few things I didn’t change…....... :-) It came that way, tho I did give it a coat of Johnson’s Paste Wax.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 02:18 AM

whoo doggy..Now you need to upgrade the miter gauge to 1000HD or higher if it’s gonna be sitting right next to that delta super fence :-)

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#5 posted 01-02-2012 02:40 AM

That sure is pretty. Maybe you should send a picture to Ridgid – I think they would like to see that!

-- Chris Wong -- --

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#6 posted 01-02-2012 03:52 AM


I have a 4511 also. How does your cart compare to the herculift regarding mobility? Also, Do you think it is stable enough when being used, since the stock lift rests on the legs when the wheels are up. Great design. I have the dewalt 735 as well, so it looks like I’m stealing a few of your ideas. Great job.


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#7 posted 01-02-2012 04:08 AM

Beautiful !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 01-02-2012 04:55 AM

This is freaking awesome. Also have R4511, and I barely recognize your machine. Do send a pic to Rigid. More pics maybe for fun?

-- Less is More.....expensive

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#9 posted 01-02-2012 04:58 AM

Thanks, folks for your kind comments.

FlairWoodworks—I am posting this project on the Ridgid Woodworking forum. A number of R4511 owners have posted questions and comments regarding this tool on that forum since it was first released.

new2wood—Please check out my discussion of the Mobile Base in my blog. The wide caster footprint of the new mobile base distributes the weight over a much larger area, making it easier and safer to move. I used double locking casters, which can be locked to secure the machine in place. I haven’t experienced any tendency to move in use with the casters locked. As I mentioned, 5” casters would make it roll even easier. Regarding the DeWalt 735 Sander/Planer Flip Top Cabinet, I posted the project and the plans online so that my fellow woodworkers could use the ideas freely—- no stealing required…........ :-)

Dusty56—Thanks, it is kinda purty, isn’t it. I believe that aesthetics is part of the design process. If I am going to tell the world that I made something, I want it to look like a quality project, even tho it is just a piece of equipment in my shop that I plan to use to make other quality projects. I believe that a project is a project, even if the project happens to the documenting of a project! How’s that for projecting my ideas about projects!! Thanks for your comment.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#10 posted 01-02-2012 05:03 AM

shimster—Thanks, as noted above I am posting this project on one of the Ridgid forums. If you check out my blog, there are a lot of pics that show the details much better than this overall shot.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#11 posted 01-02-2012 05:12 AM

Thanks for the very detailed blog which I enjoyed very much .
This elevated this saw to a showpiece and sure makes is more practical with everything close at hand.
Super planning of all the details and a very nice finish , I like it a lot .
Hope to see more of your projects soon as they are a great inspiration .

Thanks Kiefer

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 01-02-2012 05:43 AM

Thanks, Kiefer. I have enjoyed the many projects you have posted here. I have copied pics of many of them so that when I finally get around to actually making real projects, I will have some big tracks to follow…....... :-)

The detailed information in the blog was intentional, even tho it might seem unnecessarily wordy at times, because most folks are interested in not just what was done, but how and why was it done! We woodworkers are inquisitive folk!

Also, I have noticed that newer woodworkers are sometimes overwhelmed by a task because they have never done it or it seems too big to tackle—I’ve been there. Also, I wanted to show how a seemingly large project isn’t nearly so daunting if it is broken into smaller pieces and sometimes the smaller pieces into even smaller pieces.

As to the finish, I believe firmly that aesthetics is a fundamental part of project design—as your projects clearly demonstrate (I know i’m preaching to the choir, here…....... :-) ) But I firmly believe that if I am going to tell the world that I made something, I want it to look like a quality project, even if is just a piece of equipment to be used in the shop that no one but me will ever see. Just a quirk of mine, I guess! One of my better vices…........ :-)

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#13 posted 01-02-2012 06:06 AM

Wow this a really souped table saw.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 06:27 AM

Thanks, a1Jim, this was a really fun project—and it works as well as it looks…..... :-)

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 06:43 AM

Is that a granite top to that saw? I thought that Steel City was the only company offering the granite tables on their saws. That is cool.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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