|Project by timbertailor||posted 10-25-2014 05:09 PM||5217 views||7 times favorited||7 comments|
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.
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