Ok, so the next piece of shop furniture that needs updating is my radial arm saw table. The original table I built was meant to be a temporary home for the old saw after its restoration about two years ago.
I spent some down time at work drawing a few different designs and ideas and then put it in sketchup when I got home. Please… let’s discuss the design before I actually make any cuts! I am totally open to any constructive criticism.
Here is what I have come up with so far:
The design: My vision is to have the two DeWalts from different ages side by side. Sort of like grandfather and grandson. It reminds me of many of the projects I worked on with my grandpa. I have a 1959 8 1/2” DeWalt RAS and a new 12” DeWalt compound miter saw. There are things that I like about both saws but they are quite different.
The structure is basically a carcass which is divided into sections for each saw as well as space in between for storage (drawers). It is 8’ long from side to side whereas the current table is 6’. So I believe it is enough working space for both saws.
The biggest problem with my current table is the fact that I can’t adjust the table top in relationship to the saw. Even with all the time I spent trying to get the table to be perfectly flat and level, there is allways that tiny bit of accuracy that can only be achieved if it is adjustable.
My current “temporary” Radial Arm Saw table:
I spent some time trying to figure out how to make the table top adjustable. The design which seems to work the best involves a perfectly flat table and the base of the saw being adjustable.
Here is what I am thinking for the spacing of the two saws: I usually keep the measured side of my cuts on the left of the blade. So I wanted to have the most space to the left of the RAS. The Chop saw will be mostly used for cutting miters and bevels on wood that has already been dimensioned (keep in mind most of my projects are small). So it doesn’t need as much room.
I was thinking of making the top the same way I made the top for my router table (particle board laminated with melamine).
For the base/stand I have a pair of metal workbench legs that I will use for now and I will later build a bottom cabinet for more storage. The workbench legs are too wide so they will have to be placed diagonally under the table.
I have some Ideas for the fence and dust collection (of course) but that will come later.
Let me know what you think… I’m gonna keep working on it.
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