The 10″ extension table is mounted on the saw and can stay there – even when you fold up the stand and take the saw to the job site. All the accessories – the fence, mitre gauge and blade guard can be stored normally as well.
The problem with portables
Like most portable table saws, the length of table behind the blade is very short. It’s not a big problem when you’re ripping long stock, since you need to use an outfeed support or table anyway.
But working with stock between 10 and 30″ long is more difficult, especially if you normally use a portable roller stand. Trying to position a stand immediately behind the saw can be tricky and still leaves a gap. And working without a support is dangerous – especially when you try to prevent your work from diving to the floor behind the saw.
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My uneven floor outfeed issue – solved
My small basement shop has an amazingly un-level concrete floor. Add to that, the fact that I’m always moving the saw out of the way or rotating it to rip long lengths of stock and you can imagine the frustration of trying to manage an outfeed stand as well. With the on-board table it’s a piece of cake.
If the saw is tilted a couple of degrees in any direction – so is the outfeed table (“if” means “ALWAYS” in my shop :-). And even though the back of the extension is only 12″ beyond the saw – you can rip, resaw or rabbet work pieces up to 34″ long without worrying about it tipping off the back.
The two keys to this design are the perfectly placed cord wrap studs on the back of the saw and the cut-outs in the sides of the table. The rear extension is cantilevered on a plywood “bridge” support that sits on the cord studs. The side extension on the left and an adjustable support arm on the right “grab” the saw table to hold the extension in place – even when the saw is vertical. The table is made from two layers of 1/2″ plywood with a lap joint at the corner.
It’s extremely solid and provides a lot of extra work surface to this already-great portable table saw. You can remove the table in less than a minute with a hex key and leave the rear support on the saw – ready to support the end a longer outfeed table.
I’ve taken a quick look online at the portable saws by other major brands like DeWalt, Bosch, Makita, Ryobi, etc. but haven’t seen one that is as well-suited for this easy-to-make on-board extension table as the Ridgid. If you’re not familiar with the Ridgid R4510, check out the review by contractor Duane Verkaik below on ToolSelectTV. I agree with his assessment 100%.
Here’s a rundown of the R4510
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Like all of our Stonehaven woodworking plans these Ridgid R4510 On-Board Extension Table plans include:
- Dimensioned CAD Drawings
- Hardware List
- Colour photos
- Detailed Instructions
Ridgid R4510 On-Board Extension Table Plans
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