|Project by BusterB||posted 09-18-2013 04:46 PM||2392 views||2 times favorited||19 comments|
One of the least used tools in my shop is the radial arm saw and to be truthful it was taking up valuable floor space. More than once I have considered getting rid of it but a buddy of mine gave it to me (probably to get it out of his way…lol) so I hated to go that far. A few weeks back I got the idea to mount it on a mobile base so I could simply move it to the back of the basement when I wasnt using it. I built it out of some salvaged 2×4’s and 2×6’s. A set of 3” casters off a 8 dollar HF furniture dolly and it was good to go. It is very stable and a set of shop made wheel chocks keep it in place. Well my buddy who runs the bandsaw mill called yesterday and told me he had some oak and pine 2×8 culls for me. What he didnt tell me was that they were 16 feet long…lol Well did bring a pretty good stack of 2×8 pine cut-offs home with me…never met a piece of lumber I didnt like, especially when its free lumber. Gotta borrow my dad-n-laws trailer and go back soon. Anyhow, I have been planning on building a mobile cut-off cart for a while now but just have not gotten around to it. Was looking at the pile of cut-offs and it dawned on me that I had a whole bunch of wasted space under the RAS. I decided to use some of it to put a shelf under there to put some of the crates of various scrap pieces I have sitting all over the shop. Worked out well and helped clear up some more floor space. Does anyone have a good rule of thumb for saving cut-offs? At what point should I say its not worth it and start tossing them?
-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)