RAS Cabinet

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Blog entry by gawthrrw posted 09-16-2011 10:59 AM 1925 reads 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so this is my first post of any kind with pictures. I hope it comes out right lol. So i just bought an older B&D Dewalt ras for $70 and for the life of me, I couldnt find a plan for a cabinet for it. I found one online (cant remember the magazine) and it was close to what i wanted but not quite. Before i get into this though, here is the saw:

So after about 100 sketches and 2 nights with no sleep i came up with a cabinet that would be the most useful for my shop. Nothing fancy, I have a 1 car garage as a shop right now and the biggest issue i have is room. I had a lot of tools in cases stacked all around so I needed cabinets with big opening to fit them in. I didn’t take any pics of the actual building of the cabinets but this is how they turned out

As you can see, I built two cabinets planning to put a shelf in between them for the ras to set on. The idea behind this was to be able to adjust the RAS to the table instead of vise versa. I got that idea from this site. Here it is before adjustment.

In order to adjust the shelf, i routed notches in the sides of the cabinet. I did this on all 4 so i could adjust the saw any which way.

After getting the cabinets squared way it was time to focus on the top. I made sure the cabinets were dead even because i knew the floor was not. Some shims fixed that. I started off with 3/4” ply screwed to the cabinet.

After the ply, I put on a sheet of 3/4 MDF. I made sure the back edge was even all the way across because this is where my fence would be. I didnt glue it ( maybe should have) I just used some screws to keep it from moving.

I cut it close to the ply with my jig saw then used my flush trim router bit to even it up

Next, it was time for the fence and the back table that clamps the fence in. I cut out where the saw column was and also a recess for the fence in the front of the back table.

Table is flat.

So after all is said and done. I put 1/8” hardboard on top of the MDF with a 1/8” gap in front of the fence for sawdust relief. I then waxed it down to make it nice and slick. I plan to put edging around the front of the table and possibly the cabinet itself if I feel like it.

So now that I’ve had this table for a while, there are a few things i would have done differently. First, I would have made the fence as long as the table on both sides. I backed myself into a corner when i made the back table because i relied on only the clamps on the saw to hold the fence tight. At the time I figured that making the fence as long as the table would be a bad idea because it would loose pressure the farther it got from the clamps. Now, If i have to cut anything longer than the left side of the fence its a pain in the rear to clamp a stop there. The other things i would have like to have done is put the whole thing on wheels. If i move I see this thing being a hoss. On the other hand maybe not putting wheels is what has let it stay flat. IDK? I am welcome to critisism, applaude, anything at all. How would you have done this?

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#1 posted 09-16-2011 01:53 PM

Looks great- I have that exact same saw!

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#2 posted 09-16-2011 05:03 PM

Nice one mate. I keep toying with the idea of picking up a ras just to set it up with a dado blade but I’m not sure if I want to dedicate that much space to it.

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#3 posted 09-16-2011 06:45 PM

Very nice, and a great Idea.
The design is simple….

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#4 posted 09-16-2011 10:58 PM

Yea, it does take up quite a bit of room, but it has a lot of storage and i can use the top for a workbench also. As long as i don’t beat the heck out of it with anything lol. I got a ton of reclaimed lumber from a house I demolished and having the extra table length has been a life saver.

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#5 posted 09-17-2011 02:45 AM

Great blog and great design. Thanks for posting

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#6 posted 09-21-2011 04:44 PM

Great job, on the RAS cabinet. Thanks for posting.

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