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Project by dnick posted 04-15-2013 03:52 AM 3514 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had this radial arm saw about 10 years, after I got it used from my friend who ran out of room for it. Haven’t used it for about a year & a half. It woulnd’t cut 90 degrees anymore & the table wasn’t flat & really chewed up. Finally got around to cleaning the saw up & making a new table. Table is made of 2 layers of 5/8” MDF, with Poplar trim. Fence is 3/4 MDF. Just a plain table, no add ons ( unusual for me ). My favorite part is that the rear table is assembled entirely with glued up cutoffs from the front table. Adjusted the table to the blade, rather than adjusting the blade. The table can be adjusted further when necessary. Only use the saw for 90 degee cuts & perhaps dados.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.





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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 11:01 AM

For all the bad press these radial arm saws get, I wouldn’t give mine up for love nor money

Nice job on the table

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Sandy

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 11:15 AM

I have had my Sears Craftsman radial arm saw since I bought it, new, 36 years ago. I still use it for crosscutting and dados. Talk about things people love to hate… I even have a wobbler dado blade for it.

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Andrew

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 04:25 PM

Thank you. I have one I inherited as well for the same reasons, and it doesn’t have a table. This is very helpful.

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs. Mr. Mente, Shop Teacher, Milwaukee

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rockrunner

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#4 posted 04-16-2013 01:03 AM

Sears has a recall on these. They will send you a FREE!!! upgrade kit!! New table & guard
Radialarmsawrecall.com

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Straightlines

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 01:21 AM

DNick, nicely done. I too use mine either in the pure crosscut or rip mode; for off-angle cuts, I use adjustable jigs and aids like one would use on a TS, and this ensures the cuts are dead-on accurate

Due to space limitations, I am now an RAS “fan.” I’ve done a lot of research and with proper tuning, the RAS can smoke a TS in almost all categories when it’s used outside of the full production environment. It can also handily replace the jointer and moulder, as well as it has quite useful and remarkable capabilities of cutting complex router/shaper profiles with a limited set of moulding cutters.

I HIGHLY recommend that anyone using an RAS check out Wally Kunkel’s book, Mastering the Radial Arm Saw, available directly from his website, mrsawdust.com. In this book, he shows how to uncork the tool’s full capabilities and how to make an excellent replacement top. Key to achieving the superior performance of this tool is the proper tuning of the saw, which Kunkel covers quite well. Sorry to the OP, but I would recommend redoing your top again as per Mr. Sawdust’s plans in order to have a perfectly flat top and one that has a full-width front edge for use as a shooting rail when performing jointing operations.

Link to a helpful vintage RAS only website: http://forums.delphiforums.com/n/main.asp?webtag=woodbutcher&nav=start&prettyurl=%2Fwoodbutcher%2Fstart

-- Cut twice, measure once ... DOH!

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