I ended up at that big blue store today and bought something blue & orange!
The CMT 8” stacked dado set was on clearance and the Irwin-Marples 10” 50T Combo blade gets a thumbs up from JL’er knotScott, so I bought them. With these additions to the shop, I was forced to accomplish something today. So I set out to “Re-Comission” my DeWalt PowerShop RAS.
The saw has been in hibernation for about six years now. It worked when I left Long Island for Vermont, but has sat unused, even after it’s transfer to the Green Mountain state.
Before installing the table I fiqured it would make sense to see if it actually ran. I plugged it in, crossed my fingers and flipped the switch…..
To my delight there were no sparks, grinding noises or magic smoke escaping!!! It powered up just as it used to. This means I gotz lotz to do! Now then, this is not a restoration or a rehab. It is simply a wipe down, reinstall the old table and make the thing usable. The old table was intact and usable, but was missing the fence and rear table. I had some scrap 3/4” ply that I put into service to fill those needs.
At present, it is hooked up to my shop vac, I will use this temporary setup until I can make a work station combining my 10” SCMS and the RAS and incorporate dust shrouds connected to my HF 2HP DC.
I quickly setup the saw, you know, blade perpendicular to the table, the fence 90 degrees to the blade, etc…...
I then installed the dado set for a 1/4” test.
I wasn’t sure if the saw motor would bog down or moan under extreme stress….....
The saw handled the cut nicely, as I fed the blade sloooowly.
Now then, this was a narrow cut, so I’ll need to see how it handles wider dados at a later date.
For now, I’m a happy guy!!!
I have a new Irwin-Marples combo blade for my TS!
I also have a dado “dedicated” RAS station!!! Yeah, I said it: I HAVE A DADO “DEDICATED” RAS STATION!!!
I think that is worth gloating about. Of course now, I have to put all these machines to use. One of these days…...
It is now time for me to celebrate with a few “cold ones”, because I earned it!!! I’m also headed to the “Chef’s” house for a great meal!
Well that’s the plan at least…....
-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow!