So as many of you know, I have this new found (well… it’s going on over a year now so its not so new) love and passion for woodworking and I am a self proclaimed wood addict. My kids would say wood hoarder…. but addict sounds better to me. LOL.
I may not have every mentioned what I do for a living. I’m an office manager for a small business. I’ve had different jobs throughout my life (even been a correctional officer at a prison). But most of my life I’ve done some type of office work. Recently, my dear sweet mom, was talking about me to some of her friends. Not sure how computer skills came up but she mentioned to a guy that I could maybe help him with some labels. He’s a bee keeper and it’s about time to harvest the honey and he wanted some new labels for his jars. She introduced us along the way and I was happy to help. So we got together and talked about what he wanted. Along the way I mentioned woodworking and such. I ended up designing his label for him and getting them printed for him. He was very grateful and loved the finished product.
As I said… I had mentioned that I was a woodworker. Early on when I met him he mentioned that he had a radial arm saw he was trying to get rid of. Asked if I had any use for it. I’ve never really messed with one and I don’t really know what it can do that my table saw or miter saw or circular saw can’t do… so I wasn’t really interested. Plus… I’d rather put my money into a drill press. Anyhow… when it came time to pay me I told him that it was really no work and no trouble and that I’d be fine with a trade. Of course… I was talking about honey. He insisted that I take the radial arm saw and some honey. And also asked if I would be interested in helping him build some new hives (not sure if that’s what they are called)
So….. you guessed it. I am now an owner of a radial arm saw. Here he is.
I don’t know anything about this thing. I’ve never used one. I’ve never understood why you’d want one if you had the other tools I mentioned above. But now I have it and I thought I’d do a series about it. I know that it has been sitting in a barn for a while. I know it needs a new table and fence. The guy I got it from used it a couple of times so it does work. He was in the navy and while out to sea apparently did lots of woodworking on the ship in the shop. So he knows a bit about woodworking. He said it needed some cleaning up and adjusting. My plan is to take you guys along for the ride.
Cool thing…. he had the manuals.
I thought that was great. It appears to be a 1969 Sears Craftsman 10-Inch Accra-Arm Radial Saw. So if you have any insight on one of these bad boys… I’m open to listen.
Here’s a few more pics of it. Gonna start by getting it all cleaned up.
So… this guy is huge. Takes up lots of room. And needs some work on it. I think it could be a good learning experience. I’m out no money for it right now. But I do have a small space. Do I really have room for it? Is it worth having? I’d love to hear any suggestions from you guys about how to clean & adjust it. And also I’d like to hear any reasons FOR or AGAINST keeping it. It’s very possible that I could clean it up, adjust it, put a new table and fence on it…. and sell it. Or trade it for something. I don’t know yet. We’ll have to see where it goes from here. For now… I’ll stick with cleaning it up and getting it adjusted right so I can see what this bad boy does.
Thanks in advance for taking your time to read this and for your comments.