Radial arm saw bench

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Project by woodshopbob posted 10-01-2007 04:21 AM 19478 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought a 1969 craftsman radial arm saw out of the paper for 40.00. It came with almost all the acc. including the original manual. In the back of the manual it gave a set of plans to build a bench to put the saw in. Man what a tool! This takes up alot of space but added 12 tools to my shop not to mention I can raise panels & cut dados right side up. It also came with a drill chuck to attach to the acc end of saw. I just love it !!

-- Bob "life is one big school & we are the students"

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#1 posted 10-01-2007 05:26 AM

Great old saw and bench. I keep trying to talk myself into buying a radial arm saw. Perhaps if I had more room.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-01-2007 01:45 PM

My old eyes can’t see them small pictures. Post a few more and a little bigger if you can ;)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#3 posted 10-01-2007 02:49 PM

$40?? !! Wow. Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-01-2007 05:11 PM

That looks interesting! I’d love to see some larger images though!

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Dan Pleska

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#5 posted 10-01-2007 10:51 PM

Hi Bob. Great deal on the RAS. I too have an old craftsman RAS. It is a 1955 model. I built a wooden base for it with pine 4×4 legs and put it between two 5’ work benches along one wall. I use it for cut off work as I don’t have a miter saw. The legs have large lag eye bolts in the bottom of the legs for height adjustment. Those old craftsman tools were made a lot better than the newer ones.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#6 posted 10-02-2007 06:04 AM

Nice saw. I had a early 70’s model Craftsman RAS, but had to get rid of it – just took up to much space in my small shop.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 10-02-2007 05:16 PM

Nice! My grandpa had an old RAS, but my uncle snatched it. Nice bench.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 10-03-2007 04:06 AM

Nice bench. I have a 1953 dewalt RAS with the original manual. It has a similar plan for a bench in it. I want to build it but dont have the room. Im also am having trouble finding atachments for the saw. I do have the jigsaw atachment though.

-- bryano

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#9 posted 10-03-2007 04:13 AM

I too have an old DeWalt – it was my fathers. It comes in handy. Been meaning to build a bench for it. One of these days…

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#10 posted 10-04-2007 02:32 AM

Hi everybody I posted a larger pic of saw bench but it got a little grainy in making it bigger this old computer in the woodshop does not have alot of photo editing programs on it so I’ll try to make a better one on the house PC & repost it.

-- Bob "life is one big school & we are the students"

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#11 posted 10-04-2007 03:44 AM

ok everyone how much do you like me? well hopefully more after you save the plans I have scanned & posted free to everyone. Enjoy!!

-- Bob "life is one big school & we are the students"

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#12 posted 10-04-2007 07:22 PM

I’ve got an early 90’s radial arm craftsman, (which is nearly impossible to keep square) that I use mostly to cutoff rough sawn lumber. I’m planning on building a similar workbench to include my compound miter as well so that I can setup a solid back fence for both saws. I’ve never tried to use the shaper attachments but I’m considering it when I design the bench.

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#13 posted 11-06-2007 05:34 AM

That is really cool!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 11-08-2007 05:31 AM

I love those old RAS’s! I recently restored one as well. Your bench looks really good, but like everyone else, I would like to see better and more pictures.

-- Happy woodworking!

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