Mobile Base With A Twist

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Project by BusterB posted 09-18-2013 04:46 PM 2690 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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)

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 04:58 PM

Very good thought process sir. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 05:06 PM

Great job.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 05:13 PM

Monte- Thanks Bud. Actually thought about you yesterday as I was looking at the cull (slab) pile at my buddy Steves sawmill. Were some pretty cool slabs that were beyond my skills but was wondering what you or Todd could make out of them.

Hoss- Thanks sir. Dont know about great buddy, but its functional and I will take that any day…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 09-18-2013 05:52 PM

great job you are one that think your thought out very closely from the beginning to the end. very thoughtful progress

-- Jim Earl

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#5 posted 09-18-2013 06:39 PM

Good thinking with the mobile base. Looks good. That’s the only way to go. As far as what to keep is entirely on what you build and what you may use or need. If you have the room keep them all.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 09-18-2013 07:31 PM

Nice, clean work. Good job.

funny thing about my RAS.. taking it apart this weekend and putting it in the atic. Takes up too much space in the garage!

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 08:02 PM

Good going. I put a shelf under my RA saw and store seldom used tools on it. I have mine set up strictly for dados and use a Craftsman wobble dado on it and I do use it a few times a year…......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 09-18-2013 09:31 PM

Buster, I have mine on a mobile base as well and although I don’t use mine a lot, I use it enough to make it worth keeping. As far as when to dump scrap, you are asking the wrong person LOL. However, I do have several Christmas projects that will whittle the pile down some.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 09-18-2013 09:55 PM

You’re gonna throw away WOOD???


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#10 posted 09-18-2013 10:39 PM

Jim Earl- Thank you sir. Now if things would just actually turn out like I think they will…lol

Dave- Thats the issue…I have scraps stuck everywhere because I never throw out anything…That becomes an even bigger issue in that I can never find them when I need them…lol

Sirfatty- Thank you sir. Glad to see I am not the only RAS challenged woodworker out there….

Jim- Have a wobble blade that i got to use on the old Craftsman table saw i used to have because the arbor was too short to take a stacked blade set. That thing scared the dog slobber outta me…found it easier and less stressful to cut dados with the router. You woul be proud of me Jim, I took your advice and have been working on converting the new son-in-law. Gave him my old TS and the crosscut and miter sleds that I built for it…well shall see if this seed sprouts…lol

L2L- thanks Lee. I am looking at several versions of mobile cut-off carts and trying to decide which would work best for my shop. A good wood cart would relieve the need to start tossing stuff…well til i fill it up too…lol

Joe- I just the danged card back… Let my wife talk me into going to see an Elton John concert last year. The guys at work suspended my card for a year for that. If I withdraw the part about tossing scraps will you reconsider pulling my card??

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 09-19-2013 12:18 AM

My scrap goes out the door as sawdust . Haaa Haaa One day my brother came over and asked if I had a scrap piece of wood he could borrow. I pointed to a 5gl bucked of sawdust and told him take what you need. He looked at me kinda funny. Haaa Haaa

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#12 posted 09-19-2013 12:37 AM

great base there buster,nice work as always.i’ve always wanted a ras just haven’t pulled the trigger yet.nice thinking with the wheel chocks.

how are you liking the vols this year?

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 09-19-2013 01:13 AM

Dewayne- I bet he did have a funny look on his face… some folks have a hard time with shop humor…lol

Marty- Thanks Bud. Study long and hard before you pull that trigger. With a good TS sled, there isnt much more that a RAS can do than you can with it. The Vol’s cake walked through first two games so nobody was sure exactly how good the young team really was….well oregon beat the stuffing out of them…lol They are much improved but not quite ready to play with the big boys yet. Saw Sabin on the news the other night, could tell he wasnt used to being in their current position. On bright side for him, y’all will probably beat us….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#14 posted 09-19-2013 05:54 AM

Looks like a nice saw, I’ve got one just like it, still use it too.

I put thin kerf blades on it and saw a significant power boost.

Good job of designing and building the mobile base too.

If you decide to get rid of this saw make sure you get at least $100 for it, there is a standing recall to remove these saws from use. The manufacturer will pay $100 for you to ship the motor, (pre-paid shipping), back or they will send you a new particle board top and new safety guards. I think you have to sign a waiver.

Good luck, I think I still have the factory manual in “pdf” format if you need a copy. Give me a shout it you need it.


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#15 posted 09-19-2013 05:56 AM

Re disposition of scraps.

40 years ago I read a tip in Popular Mechanics that suggested putting a box under your saw, fill it up, then burn it! Start another box! Easy-peasy.

Anyone care to take a few boxes of scraps out of my shop?

See, I was able to to do the first two steps, but the burning of the box of scraps was impossible. I’ve got a 0.7 bd/ft scrap of walnut that I know I will use someday. Really! Honest!

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