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Forum topic by opalko posted 01-20-2016 08:28 PM 911 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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opalko

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01-20-2016 08:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ras radial arm saw

I’d like to hear from anyone that moved their RAS from the stand it normally sits on to a permanent location like a workbench/cabinet. The way my shop is currently laid out and the way I built my long workbench (

just like Norm’s, if you’re curious) bass ackwards and only left room at the left end of the bench for the RAS. That doesn’t work too well because I’m right handed and I can’t hold the piece with my right hand and cut with the left; obviously it needs to be on the far right hand side. I don’t have room there but there is room on the bench itself at that end if it’s possible to disassemble and mount the RAS there.

Anyone tried this with success? I have the 10” Delta by the way.

Cheers,
Dukester


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#1 posted 03-09-2016 02:52 AM

opalko,

Sorry for the months long delay in this reply. I just discovered it.

I have a Craftsman 10” RAS. A long time ago I built a dedicated station for the saw, although the long table surfaces see other uses – storage of cut-offs while a project is underway and a place for stacking lumber during planer operations. The planer is nearby. I too was probably inspired by Norm, but I cannot specifically recall. The RAS takes up almost an entire wall in my two car garage workshop, so it is expensive from a space perspective. However it is a workstation that gets a lot of use so I have never considered modifying or eliminating it. I do not have a mitre saw; the RAS is my crosscut machine.

The RAS workstation has three parts, a left table, the RAS, and a right cabinet. The top of the left table and right cabinet top are flush with the RAS table. All tops extend beyond the support structure so that C clamps can be used.

Using construction lumber and particle board, I built a left side table 8’ long x 26” deep (particle board top dimensions). There are three lower shelves that are used for lumber storage. The lumber storage is low and therefore difficult to access, but by stacking lumber (not stickered), a lot of lumber storage in the workshop is available.

The right side is a cabinet, also made from construction lumber and particle board. It is 45” long x 26” deep (particle board top dimensions). The cabinet has a center shelf and doors. Large items have a home here.

In the center is construction lumber attached to the right side cabinet and left side table and on which the RAS sets. I discarded the leg stand. Below the RAS is an open compartment where pieces that I just cannot bring myself to throw away are kept.

The RAS particle board table is flush with the particle board tops to the right and left. All surfaces are covered with ¼” hardboard, screwed to the particle board. On the RAS, the center of the table as an insert of ¼” particle board in line with blade travel at 90 degrees. It is held in place by 45 degree bevels and a single screw. The insert acts as a zero clearance insert and can be easily replaced when crosscuts begin to splinter badly.

The right and left tables have dados that receive T-tracks. The T tracks are positioned slightly in front of the RAS fence and offer an anchor point for stops.

I like this setup because it is easy and convenient to crosscut long lengths because the lengths are fully supported. Storage is a welcomed bonus. However, I committed myself to keeping the RAS set at 90 degrees. I do not use it to cut bevels, mitres, or compound angles by moving the RAS. While the saw keeps the 90 degree setting very well, I fear that every time I adjust away from 90, I would have to spend a lot of time realigning the saw to 90. I cut bevels at the table saw and I angle the work piece to make RAS mitre cuts.

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#2 posted 03-09-2016 04:54 PM

I too built a dedicated bench for my RAS. A RAS takes up a lot of wall space, so depending on how much room you have will determine where you place the RAS. My bench has the RAS on the right. The bench allows 6’ of clear space on the right of the saw and a good 12’ of space on the left of the saw. I have also incorporated a miter saw to the left of the RAS. Everything is set up to use a common fence, so lumber of almost any length can be handled without excessive overhang.

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#3 posted 03-09-2016 05:54 PM

A timely subject… I just got a new old Delta RAS to replace my newer but worn out Dewalt. I’m torn; ultimately I want the saw built into a long table but that’s when I build the new shop. So it’s just a simple freestanding 4’ table on the saw or something longer but not as fancy as my final solution. Right now I’m thinking an 8’ table using the full length of a 4×8 sheet of MDF, with the center 4’ of fence clamped by the saw’s screws so I can move it to the rear position for ripping, with the outer 2’ sections of fence maybe dropping onto pins in the different positions. Then some 2×4 framing to support the outer ends.

-- Malcolm Laurel - http://MalcolmLaurel.com

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mountainaxe

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#4 posted 03-10-2016 12:59 AM

Love radial arm saws. I have three…two are integral in a bench and one free standing on castors. This is such an integral tool in my shop, I use it for every project. Check out my shop/projects.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#5 posted 03-10-2016 04:37 PM

I built mine in also, I use it for 90° cuts and occasional dados.
For precise cuts, I’ll use my sliding mitre saw…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#6 posted 03-10-2016 04:56 PM

I built mine in similar to Gentile ^^.

Did the same with the miter saw.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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