1969 Craftsman Radial Arm Saw Project #2: Decisions, decision.... what do I do?

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Blog entry by AngieO posted 07-15-2013 03:02 AM 1786 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Acquisition Part 2 of 1969 Craftsman Radial Arm Saw Project series Part 3: An End to the 1969 Craftsman RAS Project »

So… I haven’t been feeling well all weekend so I didn’t really get any shop time in. I went out there today but just walked around aimlessly I wanted to write down a few shop project ideas on my white board… and actually use the thing since it takes up so much room on the wall… But I couldn’t. Why? Well… because there is a giant RAS sitting in front of it.

Then I went to do a couple of other things… guess what? RAS in my way. That thing is a beast. I wandered around looking around my shop trying to figure out a good place to put it where it will be out of my way while I work on it. I found that there is no good place. It’s big, bulky and I hit my arm on it which made me do…. well… you could call it a “not-so-happy dance”.

I haven’t decided if I will keep this thing or trade it in for something I may find more useful. So for not… I’m going to move it. At work I have a two car garage that I have use of (yep… all for me. My boss must love me). So I’m going to move it there. I have tons of room there and it will not be in the way at all. I also have electric there and lots of space so I can work on it there. It’s a win-win for me. Now… I just need to find someone to help me load it up and move it. LOL. I BARELY was able to help the guy move it the first time. And I got a nice bruise on my arm… STILL… to prove it.

In case you are wondering about this amazing 2 car garage that has electric and all this space and wondering why I don’t use it for my shop. Or why my boss lets me use it…. Here’s the story…. We moved into this property earlier this year. There are two buildings. One… obviously is our main building for the business. Lots of room. All the room we need. There is a slight hill and at the bottom of the hill is another building. It’s basically a poll barn. It has a large garage door and an entry door. There is no driveway to it. It’s long since been over run with grass. Actually… I don’t think there ever was a driveway. There is also a sink hole nearby… but not anywhere close that it’s an issue. BUT…. the lack of an actual driveway and maybe the sink hole nearby is why my boss never uses it. So… he said I could use it. It’s about 5 minutes away from my house which is handy. But… I have four kids. So being able to drop a project immediately and tend to them is a must. I do plan on using it though. I store all my “stuff” there (ie Christmas tree, decorations and other) that I don’t want to take up room in my shop. And… I have lots of lumber stored there. My 100 bd ft of cherry is there. If I have a big project to make that I don’t have room in my shop to do… I may do it there as well. Like a set of bunk beds that I may be making soon. (after the 50 billion other projects I have in my head). And soon… so will my RAS. :) So that’s the story. I will be deeply saddened if we ever move. I love that garage.

Gonna buy me some evapo rust this week and get that thing moved. Will go from there. Thanks for all the comments in the previous post. It’s definitely something I need to think about more.

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#1 posted 07-15-2013 03:18 AM

I can help you move it!! Maybe we can do lunch than move it or move it and have lunch

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#2 posted 07-15-2013 04:19 AM

LOL… I definitely wouldn’t want to move it after lunch. And as I said… I barely helped last time and got a nice bruise for it. I don’t think I could tackle lifting that thing again. Getting it DOWN from the truck was one thing. Lifting it UP… definitely need two men for that.

How about I get my nephews to come over and move it…. then we (me and you) go to lunch? LOL! :)

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#3 posted 07-15-2013 05:56 AM

Don`t do anything RASh now Angie??

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Andrew Wood

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#4 posted 07-15-2013 06:13 AM

Told you AngieO! It was only a matter of time before someone asked you out for lunch.. Dinner.. Tea / Coffee… etc.

Enjoy All of the above!

And get well soon.

-- I know what the tools are, I know what they are used for, now I just have to learn how to apply the fine art and start using them.

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#5 posted 07-15-2013 12:25 PM

If I could get a RAS i would have put it next to my SCMS, whatever works for you is the best way to go

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 07-15-2013 02:43 PM

Hang onto it Angie. you will find a sue for it, I’m sure!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 07-15-2013 07:27 PM

You feelin’ better today?

I just started my new job and man-o-man! Are my dogs barkin! :-)

And this getting up at 4:30 SUX … but getting off at 2 and still having all afternoon to do “STUFF” is gonna be SWEET!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 07-16-2013 04:54 AM

This is getting very interesting, this saw is a great ice breaker to say the least. It is also a very useful tool. I would keep it

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 07-16-2013 03:04 PM

I am feeling better today. Not back to 100% but better. Gonna get some shop time in today.

For now… I’ll take the RAS to the other garage. That will get it out of my way while I get it cleaned up.

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#10 posted 07-18-2013 03:45 AM

When I moved my dad’s RAS from NY to FL, I took it off the stand. That made it much easier to move. Then when I put it all back together, I put wheels under it.

-- Harold

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#11 posted 07-19-2013 04:24 AM

I have seen pics of some workshops where people have taken them off their stands and built them into their built in work benches. If I not do something like that… I’ll have to put some wheels on it. That thing takes up more room than anything else in my shop.

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