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Tools #5: Radial Arm Saw base from filing cabinets.

32 days ago by PASs | 5 comments »

Yes something else involving filing cabinets.I have an old Craftsman RAS that I can’t even sell for $75 on Craigslist, so I keep it for cutting dados for card and phone holders. It has the standard spayed leg stand where I kept a couple of empty tool boxes, but not really anything else. I got two 2-drawer cabinets a few weeks ago for $5 each, about half what I’m willing to pay for good ones.As they were a matched pair I had the opportunity to join them together to make a base f...

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DeWalt PowerShop Build #1: Why? What? Where? How? When?

33 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 22 comments »

Good day, and welcome to the initial installment of my DeWalt RAS cabinet blog. BackgroundWoodworking is a hobby for me, nothing more and nothing less. Within the realm of hobby lies a tremendous range of passion; there’s ‘love it, can’t live without’ all the way to ‘it’s something to tinker with when there’s no sports on TV.’ I’m closer to the former than the latter, but I’m also a very patient fellow when it comes to getting things done the way I want them. Bottom line: It’s the journey....

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Radial Arm Saw #2: Dust Collection for the RAS

145 days ago by hjt | 7 comments »

Dust Collection for my Radial Arm saw I was getting tired of all the saw dust plastered on the wall behind the RAS, and on the floor, I decided to explore You Tube to find out what ideas I might be able to use in my effort to maintain a clean shop.Here is the link to the design I decide to use with slight modification. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRFjRvQTckMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9TyYI800cw You will see that my dust hood has a taller opening but is not as wide as hi...

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Radial Arm Saw #1: New Table for my Radial Arm Saw

157 days ago by hjt | 12 comments »

This saw was my dad’s pride and joy. It a B&D DeWalt R1350 built in 1968. The family gave it and many other woodworking tools to me when he died several years ago. I tuned it up and put a simple table on it back then (2009.) I reassembled and built wheels on the stand. Some say don’t use WD40 – use liquid graffite. After I got all done, I read another book the said, never use liquid graffite – ONLY use WD40. The sign “2nd table” I scraped...

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Setting Up Shop (The Gloat to End All Gloats Blog) #1: Introduction

159 days ago by FaTToaD | 6 comments »

Hello all LumberJocks! As promised in my Gloat to End all Gloats post, I’m starting a blog series dedicated to discovering, moving in, and setting up the dedicated shop we got as part of our recent home purchase. I plan to put several types of posts under this one series, which will range from discovering the new tools to setting up the shop and making it my own. I’d like to start by letting y’all know we closed on the house on Friday afternoon, so we have spent all weekend clean...

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A Tale of Two Saws #1: Goodbye SCMS, Hello RAS

188 days ago by Mikhail | 11 comments »

I have 2 sliding compound miter saws. And I REALLY want to get rid of one, but WHICH one? And I have been stuck on this for the last 6 years. 6 years of storing one and using the other. Or leaving them at different build sites on the property to save walking. Or having one outside and one in a shop. I am sick of it. I do not need 2, that just earns me suspicious looks from the wife. (having them at 2 far points on the property helped having them not be noticed as much) Now that I am...

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Safety (or the lack thereof) #3: DADO BLADES CAN'T CUT 1 INCH OF HARDWOOD IN ONE PASS

246 days ago by PASs | 14 comments »

I’m a BONEHEAD.I like my Dado blades.But they have their limitations.Especially pulling the blade through on your radial arm saw.Ripping a 3/4 inch dado 1 inch deep in a piece of hardwood tougher than oak (I have mallets made from this stuff) exceeds their abilityWhen you try anyway the chippers decide to group together in a show of rebellion and the teeth get mad enough to fly off the handle…er…blade. I knew better.I was in a rush.The fix was $75 at saw stop getting new ...

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Misc. Shop Stuff #21: The DW102 Powershop Bench

369 days ago by Smitty_Cabinetshop | 31 comments »

Anyone on LJs have first-hand experience with this cabinet? Seen one? Have one? The baffle appears to catch sawdust, but short of lifting the saw out of place, how do you extract the caught dust? Strangest design I’ve seen it awhile… I have the measured drawing, it offers no text as to how to ‘use’ this baffle feature. Strongly considering building something close to this bench for my DeWalt RAS, and I’ll include some type of dust collection that featur...

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3D Stars #2: Compound Angle Cutting Jig with Hold Downs for a Radial Arm Saw

432 days ago by Aggie69 | 4 comments »

Trying to cut narrow pieces for the stars at steep angles and bevels on my radial arm saw required some assistance. I designed a simple jig that would clamp into the table in the fence joint, anywhere along the fence joint. You can make angle cuts to ~60 degrees left or right while leaving the saw carriage arm to run straight back and forth. You can bevel the saw carriage to ~70 degrees to create compound cuts on small pieces. Best of all, you can clamp down the workpiece and keep your han...

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Craftsman Recall

473 days ago by boxcarmarty | 13 comments »

While browsing the internet a few weeks ago I ran across an article from Emerson Tool Co. about a recall on Craftsman RAS. Intrigued enough to stop and read the article, I entered the model number of my saw and found that my old, on it’s way to retirement, beast was covered in this recall. When FedEx backed into my drive this morning and unloaded a rather large 4ft box out of the back of the truck, My heart raced with excitement in hopes of getting a whole new saw out of this deal. Wel...

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