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1950's DeWalt MMB 23 RAS #13: Started to work on a RAS cabinet!

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Blog entry by Beginningwoodworker posted 04-12-2011 02:55 AM 2907 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: Building a RAS table? Part 13 of 1950's DeWalt MMB 23 RAS series Part 14: Stand update! »

I started to work on a RAS Cabinet today! Its butt joints, glue and pocket hole screws. I need to add a face frame next. I got a half sheet left to make the top for the RAS. :)

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker



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matt garcia

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#1 posted 04-12-2011 04:17 AM

I gotta get me a RAS!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Beginningwoodworker

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#2 posted 04-12-2011 04:22 AM

Matt they are good to have!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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HokieMojo

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#3 posted 04-12-2011 03:04 PM

CJ. I think it’s a great idea to build a cabinet for your saw. You will have a bunch of storage and it will hopefully make things easier to move around. One thing you may want to consider though. I think your cabinets/stands will be stronger if you set the top on top of the sides. The way you have it now, all the weight is supported by fasteners and/or glue. If you put the top so that it rests on the sides, it would not be so dependent on the joint.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 04-12-2011 03:22 PM

Yes that what someone told me. I am going to add blocking to support the joint.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bertha

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#5 posted 04-12-2011 03:27 PM

RASs rule. Mine’s on some gigantic legs and I’ve got to tell you, they take up a ton of space. I should probably build a cabinet like yours.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bob Kollman

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#6 posted 04-12-2011 04:48 PM

CL, that’s a good start to a stand. I like them simple.

Don’t forget to have wheels on the base, your gona

have to roll it out to your new workshop this summer!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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NBeener

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#7 posted 04-12-2011 05:26 PM

Looks good, Charles.

But … to HokieMojo’s point …. can you add at least one shelf, and probably two, IN the cabinet ??

If you attach fastening cleats, allowing you to screw the shelf into the cleat, and the cleat into the cabinet, I think you’ll get a LOT more strength to resist racking.

In other words … because these DeWalts are SO heavy … I’m worried about the tendency of that cabinet to want to collapse under the weight, as the joints try to pull apart.

You could cross-brace the back. The face frame should help. There are probably a LOT of ways to do this.

I think LOTS of other LumberJocks know MUCH more about this than I do, but … when I look at that picture … I get concerned.

Folks ?? Don’t be afraid to tell me I’m wrong, if I am :-)

-- -- Neil

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Beginningwoodworker

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#8 posted 04-12-2011 06:39 PM

I understand, Neil.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Bertha

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#9 posted 04-12-2011 06:43 PM

As it stands (no pun intended), I would assume the DeWalt would crush it flat. I assumed that there was going to be a good bit of bracing and bracketry going on. If there’s ever a project that demands to be overbuilt, it’s a stand for a vintage RAS. I know how heavy my 10” Craftsman is, and I can only imagine that the DeWalt is even heavier. Do you have access to a welder? I might be inclined to use steel reinforcements. The thought of that thing falling off the stand makes we weep softly. Good luck!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Roz

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#10 posted 04-13-2011 08:26 PM

That cabinet is going to be a real Plus and will make that saw much more user friendly. Good job. What are you going to do about a saw table?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 04-13-2011 10:34 PM

I am going to use two sheets of plywood for the top.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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