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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #3: Finishing up the wiring ,The Mean Green Machine

04-28-2011 10:12 AM by bubinga | 2 comments »

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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Dewalt RAS Restoration #3: Motor and Motor Carriage

04-27-2011 04:19 PM by milbert | 3 comments »

Continuing to work up the saw I got the next big chunk of work done, the motor and the motor carriage. I followed pretty much the same process I used while doing the base. Like I said before, this saw is in great working shape and had been used daily by the gentleman that had it before. I both the motor bearings and track bearings had already been replaced. They were in good shape so all I needed to do was give them a thorough cleaning. I also hand painted the embossed DeWalt logo ‘k...

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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #2: The Mean Green Machine

04-27-2011 12:26 AM by bubinga | 3 comments »

OK here is the carriage bearings cleaned up and put back togetherI soaked the carriage bearings in a mixture of WD-40 and mineral spirits for about four hours, took them out scrubed them up with some liquid wrench, Got them spinning real good, and put a few drops of three in one oil on them, there is no play in the bearings they are fine shape, so I’m not going to replace them. Motor ready for new bearings Okay people. Here , She is !!!!! The Mean Green Machine Getting her wired up.

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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #1: The Mean Green Machine

04-24-2011 03:45 AM by bubinga | 11 comments »

I found this little gem on craigslist, came with stand 70 bucks, called the ,guy picked it up the same day,This is only a 20 min. drive one wayAlthough it was a little rough getting their, here is what happened. I don’t use my trailer much, so I had to get it out (well it lives outside) get ready to go, I couldn’t get the lights working right, they get corroded setting outside, and had to be replaced every so often. Sooo !!!I grabbed a coupon from harbor freight for some stick on ma...

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The venerable Radial Arm Saw

04-18-2011 10:05 PM by Gary777 | 8 comments »

Hello everyone, I like to write and now that I am laid up from back surgery for a few weeks I figured I would take the opportunity to create a few blog posts and share some of what I have learned with others that may be new (or even experienced) to woodworking. Like most folks these days I own a great 10” miter saw that I used for crosscuts, but I didn’t own a sliding compound miter saw, it wasn’t until after I got the miter saw that I realized that I was limited to ab...

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Equipping the Shop #3: 1961 Craftsman RAS with added crosscut stop rail

04-17-2011 06:43 PM by Ocelot | 21 comments »

Finally, I’ve pulled the photos from my camera. I neglected to photograph it as I built it, but here it is in finished form. It gives me 8’ of stop range for precisely measured crosscuts. I can use it for through cuts as well as crosscut dados. The extension table top and fence are made of a partial sheet of 18mm (3/4”) oak veneer plywood that I’ve had laying around for 10 years or so. The legs are of ordinary 2×4 stud material. There is no finish on it...

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Dewalt RAS Restoration #2: Base Finished!

04-11-2011 02:40 AM by milbert | 4 comments »

I decided to tackle everything in sections because I have limited space and can’t have everything spread out all of the time. So the first thing I tackled was the base. Everything was disassembled. Rust remover was used on the legs and base. After this a wire wheel cleaned everything up and I was back to bare metal. Everything was primed with Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer which prevents rusting, then painted with Rustoleum Smoke Grey. Originally the plan was to replace all the bolt...

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Dewalt RAS Restoration #1: Planning my new saw!

03-30-2011 12:43 AM by milbert | 4 comments »

I have been inspired by web findings on Lumberjocks and elsewhere to restore a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw (GS). Currently, I don’t have a real wood shop because I am in college and all of my woodworking was done at home (in my dads workshop). Although I do have the necessities, as far as tools go, I don’t have the right tool-set for woodworking. So fixing up this old saw is the closest to woodworking I can get. It also gives me a chance to ignore homework! This saw is in great worki...

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1956 DeWalt MBF 9" Radial Arm Saw #7: (Less) Dust in the Wind

03-09-2011 01:26 AM by NBeener | 37 comments »

How does a dog get the LAST bit of water out of his bowl ? With a half-lap :-) Spent too much time figuring out how to get Hurricane Walter to spew less dust, or—at least—how I could capture the dust he spews. Shroud seemed like the way to go. So …. with leftover plywood from the construction of the ol’ ChupaCaja, I made me a dust collection box. ID is about 8” wide x 8” deep x 8” tall. The joinery is (IS it called this ?) half-lap (...

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1956 DeWalt MBF 9" Radial Arm Saw #6: Light 'er up, Folks !

02-24-2011 12:58 AM by NBeener | 20 comments »

Got a call, late this morning, from Ye Olde Motor Shoppe. The RAS motor is ready. .......................[clears throat] WOO-HOO !!!!....................... Installed it. Spliced the new mil-spec (not really, but it’s a beefy boy !) toggle switch into the two power cords. Locked and loaded the blade and stiffener. Put on its overcoat (the blade shroud), and … despite ALL my efforts and hard work …. It runs ! Yes, I DID do a test cut, after making th...

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