God Bless Craigs List!!! I just picked up a lightly used radial arm saw for $65!!!!I need to make a new table and rip fence for it, but for $65, I don’t think I can beat the price! I downloaded the manual. I had no idea these saw’s could do so much! Cross Cut, Rip Cut, Rout!!!! This thing is a Jack of all trades!!!! I will probably only use it for rip cutting, but hey, you never know!
I will show a few pictures of the new coiled wire I added. To attach it I took one of the dual wire holders under the swing arm that was only being used by one wire and swapped it with the one on the column side that was a single wire clamp. Very clean look. The below photos show, I had to get a little creative. Since the new wire coiled cord was larger, I had to get a new wire bushing and modify it, however this coiled cord is heavier and I didn’t want it to stress or pull on...
I found this saw out-of-state in Minnesota for sale by a cabinet making shop who had upgraded to an upcut saw. This is a 1962 Dewalt Powershop 1400, one of the coveted earlier models, powerful, 110 volts, and many nice features. I had a friend pick it up for me so it didn’t cost me any gas and the price was to good to pass up. At the shop he ran the saw and cut some scrap to test it out, it worked just fine. He traveled 600 miles to my house and we turned it on and it just hummed, n...
About a month ago I started this blog to learn more about the RAS. I’ve learned a lot with the input from my fellow LJ’s. For the last month the RAS has been in moth balls waiting for the arrival of a new table top and blade guard assembly that I ordered VIA a recall Thur the manufacture. The guard and table kit went together easily on the saw. Thur the Internet I was able to download all the original owner Manuals that went with this. I was able to square up the blade and cr...
I was asked to post the dust collection for my Radial Arm saw. This is an old craftsman I bought used at least 20 years ago. Its served me well, and still continues to be on of my most used tools. The obvious shortcoming is the lack of dust collection. My thought has always been to build a “prettier” solution, but since time is often lacking in my shop, if it don’t stink…........ I started with a basic pottery barn card board box. A pottery barn box is not a must, a...
Today I found (on craigslist) a free Craftsman Radial Arm saw. It’s the electronic kind with a digital readout for height/bevel/angle (not sure if I’ll trust it) and it was in very good shape. It needs a new table and fence (don’t they all?!) and some lubrication but the blade is nice and sharp and it’s not rusty or thrashed. I’ve seen people selling these for $75 that were beat up and rusty with missing parts. Best of all, I remembered something from a few ye...
In the pictures below I’m ,using the Master plate, with part of TS Aligner Jr attached, to check multiple points,around the table, and adjusting it to be uniformly flat. Here I’m adjusting saw ,to travel 90 degrees to fence, with dial indicator fixed, and sliding the saw with master plate attached, just the opposite of sliding an indicator ,in a miter slot,on a table saw. Here : Adjusting for 90 degrees to table, with digital protractor, and also checked with ac...
So my dad was here visiting and he fixed the broken handle on my Wards Powr Kraft RAS. I don’t have pics of the process but here’s the final result. He drilled some small holes and put in a couple of pins to get it in the right position then used some JB weld. Fashioned a metal brace screwed it on then more JB weld.
I had a nice piece of MDF, 1-1/4hick 20”wide x 54” long, just waiting for a project like this.Thing is ! I can’t remember where I got this nice piece of, inch and a quarter MDF, well ! No matterI got all the pieces cut out, laid the table on the machine base,or I should say table bars, anyway checked the table for flatness, is out 1/64 along the length, so I plan to put in some 2 inch long, socket head set screws in the middle of the table, tee nuts on the bottom, I will be...
I bought a new switch, and put an extension on it, to make it easier to flip on and off, (the extension is the barrel of a Bic pen, cut shorter, slipped on and epoxied to the toggle switch, with green tape, for the green look on it) I used this same trick one time on a contractor saw and left the pen barrel full length. I finished up the wiring, I think the green wires look pretty cool.I will be getting the motor bearings tomorrow. This table is the original from the manufactu...
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