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Project by 6t5Goat posted 856 days ago 2732 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project posting here on Lumberjocks.. and this project is a few years old..

Please excuse the messy basement photos.. and the blue walls/floors and ceiling..

It was that way when I moved in (not the mess.. just the blue paint)..

My woodworking journey started with a lunchtime trip to the Home Depot.. and stumbling accross the R4511 on clearance for 299.99.. Then when I asked the store manager if he would accept a coupon from the competion, and too my suprise, he said yes.. So.. with my 20% Harbor Freight coupon in hand.. I bought my table saw for a cool $240.00 bucks.. and its all been downhill from there.. (and HD has stopped takiing the 20% off HF coupons )

These are great saws… but the two part front fence rails left something to be desired..
So I replaced it with a 72 inch 2 * 2 aluminum bar. I also replaced both the front and rear angle iron with full 72 inch pieces so they could support the extention wings.

Thanks for looking.. I guess I should post up some of these projects that lots of lumberjocks have inspired.

Goat





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DamnYankee

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#1 posted 856 days ago

Goat – I have the same saw. Other than the issue you mentioned (which in practice has not reaaly been an issue), I like my fence just fine. I am interested in doing the same thing you did. I understand you used basic 72×2x2” aluminum bar and and 72” angle iron? Where did you get them? How hard was it to mount them properly?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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MoshupTrail

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#2 posted 856 days ago

Well done! Looks good, and I love the little dado blade compartment.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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6t5Goat

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#3 posted 856 days ago

I got my metal at http://www.onlinemetals.com/ I went with 6061 t6 aluminium.. which is really overkill..

It took a little thinking and planning to get everything lined up properly.. I basicly used the original angle iron to set up the fence on the drill press..

For the square bar I just drilled and taped the tubing in the middle of it.. and put a bolt and nut inside on the ends where I could reach with a opened ended wrench..

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Aaron77

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#4 posted 855 days ago

Love the storage for the dado. What a great idea!

-- - Aaron - St. Peter, MN

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6t5Goat

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#5 posted 855 days ago

I can’t claim the storage idea as my own..

It was inspired by lumberjockP: cfurnitureguy

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/27631

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Paul Stoops

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#6 posted 855 days ago

Good job! Nice extra storage, too.

I’m a little confused, tho —you mention 2×2 aluminum bar, but isn’t that really 2×2 aluminum tube?

A solid 2×2 aluminum bar would really be an overkill …............ :-)

Great saw, isn’t it —I love mine.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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6t5Goat

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#7 posted 855 days ago

Yes.. solid bar would be overkill..

It is a 2*2 Square Tube 3/16 wall thickness.. So not that bad..

And being aluminum it doesn’t need paint..

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don1960

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#8 posted 855 days ago

I have the 4512 version. I think it’s the next generation?? anyway, I got it at a local discount place for $320 and thought I did great until you came along :-)

Beat me by ‘that much’. LOL

Anyway, Great addition to the saw. I’m happy with the fence system so far, even with the 2 sections. Gotta love that built in extra storage though. Haveta look into that, but I still haven’t put an outfeed table on yet. So much fun to have, and so little time. sigh.

-- -- Don from PA

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Timthemailman

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#9 posted 855 days ago

Looks great , like the storage.

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jeffbranch

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#10 posted 855 days ago

Ditto on the storage idea and it looks like you have a router insert on the opposite side. I am about to add that to my Jet saw. Good job.

-- http://jeffbranch.wordpress.com

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6t5Goat

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#11 posted 855 days ago

Thanks everyone for all the kind words..

If I did it over again.. I’d push the wing all to the right side of the blade in order to give me more than the 30 inches that I have now.. But that would require legs to hold up the wing..

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Helgi

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#12 posted 853 days ago

looks good and well done.

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