|Project by mountainaxe||posted 07-23-2015 09:38 PM||25002 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
I own a Craftsman Radial Arm Saw that my Father purchased new in 1976…although I own two other very good RAS, I hate to get rid of this one for sentimental reasons…and it’s like new with a Mr. Sawdust table and all the attachments you can imagine…and it’s also one of the last good ones sold by Sears. That said, I decided to dedicate this RAS to molding/shaping duties. First thing was to build a mobile stand. It’s a simple affair, but solid; includes three large/deep drawers that can hold a lot of accessories and other stuff. The stand, etc., was built with surplus pine and plywood I had lying around, so no expense there. I also had an old Craftsman mobile base that was put to good use. A little research led me to an online article in a Popular Science April 1976 magazine that had a plan for an easy to build adjustable fence. Spent a few hours building the jig with scrap plywood/pine/hardboard and used a Craftsman hold down that my Dad bought with the saw. I purchased a Delta molding head and a bunch of cutters on eBay for less than $30. The setup works like a charm, is simple to use, and makes some sweet moldings. I don’t do production runs so this arrangement is perfect for the limited amount of work I do. Best part is that I don’t have to have a separate shaper that costs big bucks…and this makes moldings in addition to shaping. Bottom line is that I spent next to nothing and ended up with a very useful tool…I’m very happy with the results.
-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."