I’m new here, and new to woodworking although I have been around it all my life, since I am a “girl” the knowledge of the family never got passed down, although some of the tools did :-)
I have a Dewalt/Black and Decker ca. mid 60’s radial arm saw. It is sitting over in the corner of the garage where it has been for the last 40 years, only it took me 3 months of cleaning the garage to get to it. I read the manual, and was surprised how much a RA saw can do. There is a decent blade mounted on it, quite a few very old blades inside which have not responded to soaking in Coca Cola for rust removal as suggested by someone at my local Woodcraft store, and an application of Goo Gone and a coat of WD 40 for good measure – I think they are goners, but I did what I could. There is another blade marked for “plywood paneling” which must have been for the plastic paneling my dad did to the basement back in 68 when we moved in after he installed insulation to the unfinished basement. The other one like it is in the goner pile. There are a couple of other blades that don’t look too bad with just a little rust on the tips that didn’t make it into the Coke bath. I remember my dad saying that he just couldn’t get the saw to cut right – way back when I wasn’t interested in it’s running. I suppose it is out of alignment. I don’t know if he was referring to the ripping or cross-cutting abilities or both. He died of Altzhiemers and I don’t know what stage if any he was in when he made these comments, so I don’t know if he was able to cope with fixing the problem. Any suggestions? Also, since I am learning to do most of the work I will use the RA saw for on a table saw, and by my observation the table on the RA saw is pretty cut up, For cross cut work do I use it mostly like a SBMS?
I guess I will have to read the manual again about depth gaging. Any suggestions for Dado blades for it or should I stick to my router? That’s probably not going to work on bigger pieces especially since my router table at present is about 16”x 24” at best. I guess a dado blade would be best for those kind of cuts. Any tips about ripping on a RA saw? At present I have no outfeed table, but saw a nifty plan for one made out of particle board in the new book I got this week from Taunton press about work stations and shop storage, it had a tilt top with a L bracket on the bottom that swiveled and locked in the upright position to save one from having to lift full sheets of plywood and also served as an outfeed table and worked for gluing up too. Kills two, no three! birds with one stone as I have arthritis and am not supposed to lift heavy objects. One project – many uses which in a very small one car shop is a very handy thing. Any help would be appreciated