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Blog series by shimster updated 02-01-2011 06:41 PM 4 parts 11599 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: Floor cured & Ridgid R4511 unpacked

01-18-2011 05:11 AM by shimster | 6 comments »

This may not look like a woodworking post at first glance, but do read on…. I’m afraid to look back at the date of when I last posted to LJs regarding a suggestion on finish ceiling height in my basement dig out. Well, After 9 months of design/ planning/ construction, my basement is dug out & the slab is poured. A brief history of events: Our house was built in 1852 & had 5 foot ceilings & dirt floors when we bought it. It had an old boiler (70’s) that ven...

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Part 2: Table Saw Assembled. Next: dust collection & shelving.

01-21-2011 07:04 PM by shimster | 1 comment »

I don’t know what took more time, digging out my basement, or assembling the Ridgid R4511. No, honestly, it wasn’t too bad. Just time consuming, and as stated numerous times, the instructions leave a LOT to be desired. I’m very happy with the ‘fit & finish’ of the saw. The tool has an unspeakable amount of engineering for the price I paid. Very nice saw. Next purchase will be a Forrest blade and a cyclone dust collector. I’m going with the ‘...

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Part 3: First ZCI & first near accident...

01-31-2011 08:11 PM by shimster | 10 comments »

So, after assembling my TS, I was excited to try my first cut with stock blade & stock insert. I was cross-cutting (?) some scrap LVL stock to make sawhorse legs, when one of the cut-offs, slid in between the blade and insert binding the saw blade to make it stop. One of the teeth actually broke off of the blade and was embedded into the off-cut. I re-enacted the scenario in the photo below. My first reaction was, “Oh man, this is why people use zero clearance inserts̶...

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Part 4: TS Alignment & ZCI Update

02-01-2011 06:41 PM by shimster | 0 comments »

All is good. Blade was surprisingly straight after binding. What was off was my table top relative to the blade. I found some overly simple tips on alignment from the Wood Whisperer on YouTube. My table was over 1/8” out of alignment over the 8” or so of exposed blade. This became obvious to me after making my first ZCI (now in the trash bin). It was very clear it was out. Next I lined up my fence relative to the table (and blade), and then adjusted the fence vertically w...

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