radial arm saw rehab #3: finger painting

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Blog entry by ajb posted 02-18-2010 04:09 AM 1833 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Fun with rust Part 3 of radial arm saw rehab series Part 4: put it all back together »

After a while with the ole’ Wire wheel it was time to lay down some paint. It took a few trips to the local autozone to find the color i wanted.
It is engine orange and a shiny black
of course there are all the “other” pieces that need some time with the wire wheel and break cleaner.IMGP1578
after taking a layer of rust off the arm I found out it is a 1981 DeWalt 7740 not exactly a classic but I think it will do. I am waiting on the MR. Sawdust book, I have been told it is the only resource to use when building the top. I will be working on the base so that zi can start the rebuild soon.

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 05:28 AM

That’s pretty cool. I refurbed (very minor rust removal and lubrication of all points) my grandfather’s 1961 Craftsman RAS to get it back in working order. Now you’ll now how everything functions and appreciate the setup. I don’t use it for much other than a spindle sander and disk sander. Depending on the saw, the setup for accuracy was too much of a pain vs just using my table saw or miter saw. Still a great project, and they do tend to be a nice quiet hum.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 06:17 AM

Great job. I’m particularly fond of the color shiny. The wire wheel is our friend. Walt Kunkel’s book IS the only source you will need for the top.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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