|Forum topic by RickRinger||posted 08-19-2015 11:44 AM||900 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
08-19-2015 11:44 AM
My dear friend and woodworking mentor just surprised me by buying and giving me a beautiful DeWalt Radial Arm Saw. It’s a 9” model MBF221 with a .75 HP motor. It’s all original. I’ll post pics soon. It’s in fantastic shape, complete with all of the factory knobs and virtually all of the paint is intact. It has a beautiful patina. At some point in her life, someone built a really rustic stand for her complete with dovetail drawers and hinged doors to make it a cabinet. I have a real love affair with this thing.
Right now funds are very thin and I’m wondering if I would hurt it using a 10” blade until I can afford one of the Forrest Blades that everyone seems to recommend?
I’m also wondering what everyone would recommend for the cutting surface. Plywood, MDF, a combination?
How high should I make the fence?
How far off the closest edge of the blade should I locate the edge of the fence?
I’m wanting to clean some of the old sawdust off of her, but I don’t want to damage the paint or do anything to make it flake off. Any suggestions on what would be best? I’m one of those guys who really loves the old paint style for these. It’s just hard to imagine that this thing is older than I am and to envision people using her during all the days of my life. It’s mind blowing.
Thank you all for your help in advance.