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Radial Arm Saw Dust Collection Solution

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Project by timbertailor posted 10-25-2014 05:09 PM 4594 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a 1968 Sears Craftsman Radial Arm Saw. My father bought it new that year and converted the two car garage into an office and wood work shop with it. He had no table saw at the time. I can post more photos for those who are interested in the difference between years. Sometimes older is better, and the stable performance of this RAS over the decades has only deepened my appreciation for old power tools.

Jump forward 46 years and this saw is still running strong. I have made some modifications to it over the years, but it has never had proper dust collection. I had a board angled to the left corner and a shop vac plugged into a hole from underneath. Very inconvenient when I wanted to use the vacuum for something else. Not to mention, doing a terrible job of getting the saw dust off the table top.

I recently upgraded my dust collection system, so I have been doing a lot of homework to find better dust collection solutions for all of my power tools, now that they all have to be converted from 2 1/2” to 4” ports.

The first tools to go under the knife where the router table and the 10 inch contractor's table saw. This is what I have come up with for the RAS.

I found two designs I liked. One was here on LJ’s. It was the design that Jim Bertelson had found and used. I also found a design on YouTube that even had the same saw that was more low profiled and wider (to clear the motor as it is pulled forward). I combined the two and this is what I came up with.

I had a tunnel reserved on the side of the saw for the ducting to the front. No more crawling underneath to connect\disconnect the dust collection hose.

The two speed clamps allow me to adjust the fence and switch it out for miter work or dado’s. It also allows me to swap out table tops, once one has had better days. The laminate helps things slide along and the fence has a tape and stop that I built into the fence.

I will provide an update once I have more time with the design to see how well it works. I may drill a couple of holes in the fence, near the blade path to foster better flow past the fence.

Thanks to everyone who contributed designs on LJ’s. It is appreciated. And, as always, your comments and suggestions are more than welcome.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed





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Mikhail

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#1 posted 10-25-2014 09:39 PM

I look forward to hearing how it works. I had a similar build in mind.

I like how removable it is.

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timbertailor

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#2 posted 10-25-2014 09:55 PM



I look forward to hearing how it works. I had a similar build in mind.

I like how removable it is.

- Mikhail

I still wanted to be able to cut dados and make miter cuts so being able to take it on and off was one of the design prerequisites.

Glad you like it.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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HillbillyShooter

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#3 posted 10-25-2014 11:17 PM

Interesting design—I look forward to hearing how it work and your idea to improve it.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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timbertailor

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 09:56 PM


Interesting design—I look forward to hearing how it work and your idea to improve it.

- HillbillyShooter

Redoing some shelves and made a bunch of cross cuts on some 1”x2”’s to put together a frame. Over 80 cuts in total and there was less than a handful of saw dust left on the table top. I am very happy with its performance.

What I will have to change is where the dust port to the DC is located. It is in the way. I will have to move it to the right side of the blade.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 11-23-2014 06:29 PM

Nice setup Brad. I like it!

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timbertailor

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#6 posted 12-01-2014 05:46 PM



Nice setup Brad. I like it!

- JoeinGa

Thanks Joe. I am going to try to find some time to cut some holes in the fence and see if it improves performance.

I really have enjoyed having a much better dust collection solution in the shop.

-- Brad, Texas, https://www.youtube.com/user/tonkatoytruck/feed

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 07:30 AM

interesting design, thanks for posting this…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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