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FNWW RENOVATION #1: RADIAL ARM SAW TABLE/BENCH

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i had a compund miter saw that i never used, coz it was in the corner, and i couldn’t et to it.
i had a pegboard that i coudn’t reach.
i had wood cut-off storage all over the place.
my RAS and big table saw were at right angles to each other, and i like that. sort of like command central.
i needed more wall storage; when i installed the RAS, i put up pegs for blades—wrong.

after a half-dozen drawings and estimates of materials and countless trips to HD, for pricing, i finally broke down and spent just under $200 for some 2×4’s and plywood.

i planned a 14’ long bench, with chop saw, RAS and router table all sharing the same fence. i would have added the planer to the mix, but it’s an early makita, and the table, not the head, moves up and down. drat!

moving all my tools and vacuuming took two days.

then i started with a 14’ ledger board (2×4) at 1 1/2” below the RAS table top. i nailed it into studs at 7 points. it’ll hold an elephant.

next i put down a floor plate at the base of the wall: 14’ PT 2×4. it gets a little damp back there. i used instant nails construction glue and masonary nails… gee, ya gotta hit those thing real hard and a lot to get the to go in.

now i’m going back down (day 3) to figure out how to frame the rest of the bench. i wich i’d drawn this thing out in full first… my sketches show no detail.

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)



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PineInTheAsh

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#1 posted 1761 days ago

Some times just gettin’ started is the hardest thing.

Keep going. There’s nothing like gettin’ organized.

When you get time it would be great to see some pics.

Good luck.

—Peter

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bobthebuilder647

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#2 posted 1761 days ago

Sounds like a lot of work.
Post some pics when your done if you can.

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1761 days ago

Keep plugging you’ll get r done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Splinterman

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#4 posted 1761 days ago

Hey Rich,
Not all master pieces are created in a day…....take your time…..it will turn out just fine.

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Rich99

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#5 posted 1760 days ago

Day 4: spent the entire day just constructing a frame to hold the RAS. tomorrow i can just slide the bed and the rest of the saw from its metal leg system onto the new frame. pray that it doesn’t collapse. i’m not worried about the weight, coz i overbuilt the frame, but i have no diagonal bracing… there are some crosspieces (spreaders in chair construction language, i guess) that give it side to side rigidity. and i have to get it in place so i can figure out the distances from the wall for the fence and the width of the table altogether… THEN diaganals will be constructed from the corners of the RAS to the front of the table… solidifying the whole thing. let me try a little typewriter diagram here: never mind—it doesn’t work when i preview it. i’ll take pics tomorrow before i get to work, and after it’s in place.

————————————————————————————————————————————- (wall)
| | (fence)
| RAS | (front of table) \| _|/ <—- diagonals (will be 45 degrees)

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Rich99

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#6 posted 1760 days ago

day 3 FNWW renovation -- RAS table/bench

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Rich99

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#7 posted 1760 days ago

i hope i can figure this out—pics from picassa web album.

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Rich99

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#8 posted 1760 days ago

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Rich99

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#9 posted 1760 days ago

shop is upside down!

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Rich99

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#10 posted 1760 days ago

not the effect i was hoping for…

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Rich99

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#11 posted 1760 days ago


The Shop is turned upside down… no work coming out of here for a few days,

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Rich99

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#12 posted 1760 days ago

SUCCESS!

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Rich99

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#13 posted 1760 days ago


Ledger board in place.

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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Splinterman

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#14 posted 1760 days ago

Hey Rich,
Now your getting somewhere…....looking good.

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Rich99

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#15 posted 1759 days ago

day 5... ready to move to new stand

-- Far-North Wood-Works (a fantasy company)

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