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Dungeon to Lair: That's the plan at least... #10: New Shop Additions: Or Why I had to do something!!!

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Blog entry by DIYaholic posted 11-05-2012 01:06 AM 1335 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?



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JL7

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 01:15 AM

Looking good Randy…..that’s a sweet looking saw! Did you go through the routine to be sure everything is flat? Great to see you found some motivation!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#2 posted 11-05-2012 01:25 AM

I am most impressed Randy. Nice save on your old saw. Looking good and I dig that color.
Way to get motivated!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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patron

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#3 posted 11-05-2012 01:33 AM

cool move randy

faster and better
way to work

means you can wait longer
to actually work

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Bagtown

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#4 posted 11-05-2012 02:08 AM

Nice old iron Randy.
Would love to have one of those babies.

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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boxcarmarty

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#5 posted 11-05-2012 02:19 AM

Take a nap buddy, You’ve earned it…..

But after you rest , you need to check and see if your arm is parallel with the table…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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DIYaholic

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 03:25 AM

Thanks for stoppin’ in guys.

I do need to “fine tune” the table & saw. Today I just wanted to get it up and running. I will tweak it throughout the week.

The eventual goal is to build a “SCMS & RAS Station”, that shares table and fence. I also need to do a complete rehab of the saw. That will be a project. I’m contemplating repainting it. I am torn between it’s original color or switching out to the current DeWalt colors of yellow & black. What are your thoughts???

Till next time…...

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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Dave

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#7 posted 11-05-2012 03:52 AM

KEEP THE COLOR!!!!!!!

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#8 posted 11-05-2012 03:55 AM

Randy, seems to me that you are getting really gung ho about this shop and making stuff business. Are you sure there is nothing bad wrong with you?, some of us need much heads up time, coz not everyone has a dark suit and black tie. Remember, you’re not a cold one yet, even if you did deserve it (sorry Stumpy).

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Bagtown

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#9 posted 11-05-2012 10:06 AM

What Dave said.
KEEP THE COLOUR!!!!!!!

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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