DeWalt Radial Arm Saw #3: Making Sawdust

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Blog entry by CutNRun posted 1892 days ago 7092 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The saw is on its cabinet. The cabinet is mounted on an HTC mobile base, and all alignments have been completed. I was amazed at being able to hold within 0.001” on nearly all of the saw alignments and adjustments. As the old saying goes, they don’t make them like this any more.

The cabinet is made of poplar plywood with cherry border trim. I wasn’t able to locate baltic birch. The trays are simple design that ride in slots cut into a hardboard skin. Simple but functional.

The table was made according to the Mr. Sawdust book – some will know what I am talking about. It is very stiff, with steel reinforcement in a double layer of 3/4” MDF. The edging is ash. A 1/4” sacrificial table top is attached to the base table.

Currently, I am finishing a dust collector chute that will mount on the back of the cabinet and allow me to connect to my dust collection system. I will break it in making a potting bench for my wife. Need some bonus points at home.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#1 posted 1892 days ago

The cabinet and table look great and I love the lines of that saw: NICE WORK!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 1892 days ago

Oh my, I’m in love. That DeWalt RAS is the real deal. Mr. Kunkel, rest his soul, would really be proud. His design is the best, hands down. Just wondering what condition was the saw in when you started? Great pictures by the way. How’d you do that?

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#3 posted 1891 days ago

Just to include a before photo, here is what the saw looked like when I got it home.

The background was a Gaussian blur done in Photoshop.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#5 posted 1888 days ago

nice work. We have a 12” model at school. When I switched shops from the general freshman shop to teach woods I&II, I gave up a brand new Milwaukee 12” sliding miter saw and moved our Dewalt RAS. I built a 15’ bench for it, and it has a taller fence this way we can set up a stop block up to 75” on the left and 90” on the right. Also built a shoot for behind the blade, since it shoots most of the sawdust straight the back behind the saw, ducted tape the upper guard dust port and have pretty good dust collection with it to. We have up to a 15 1/2” cut width. Like has been said, they don’t make e

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#6 posted 1886 days ago

That s a beaute good job

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1883 days ago

CutnRun great job at bringing it back to better than new could I just say a man of your obvious talent could easily make a guard of some kind for this lovely old saw.I am thinking about the accidents I’ve seen it’s worth considerring it would just make this project perfect Thanks for showing and kindest regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 1390 days ago

Nice job on the radial arm saw.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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