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NBeener

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1270 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: ras radial arm saw mister sawdust table

I know.

I screwed up.

I ran the bar stock width-wise, instead of length-wise.

I make a fair number of dumb mistakes (LOL !). This was simply one of them.

But … it’s pre-sanded, hardwood plywood, so I’m not all that worried about warping.

And … if it does warp, I have enough materials left to make another one. I’m also going to put a trim cap on the leading edge, for appearance sake.

So … this is my Mister Sawdust Radial Arm Saw table.

It’s two layers of 3/4” ply with 3/4” aluminum bar stock sandwiched in between, in dadoes. Everything’s put together with construction adhesive. It’s dead flat.

Directly behind the table is my 2-1/2” x 3/4” African Mahogany fence, which … will never look this good again ;-)

Behind that is the “back board—” another assemblage of two pieces of 3/4” ply. It’s 7” deep.

The table is 37”W x 17”D, and is topped with a sheet of 1/4” hardboard, inset 1/16” from the front and the back (to facilitate sawdust removal):

I’ve decided to hold off, for now, on any cosmetic work—the saw actually looks REALLY good. I’m awaiting the arrival of the following parts, to complete the mechanical restoration: carriage bearings, motor bearings, anti-kickback pawls and stalk, both electrical cords (coiled, for the motor to frame run), a dust snout, and a Forrest RAS Woodworker I and 4” blade stiffener.

I think I’ll be into the saw for about $320, after all these parts arrive.

Then … I’ll align it to a gnat’s tushie, and … start figuring out just what I bought, here :-)

Thanks for stopping by…..

-- -- Neil


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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1270 days ago

Neil that looks good so far. Neil where did you get those parts from?

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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NBeener

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#2 posted 1270 days ago

Thanks, Charles !

The blade and stiffener came from Forrest, directly;

From Wolfe Machinery , I ordered:

-the (4) carriage bearings
-the (2) motor bearings
-the anti-kickback pawls;

From Amazon, I got the Gates radiator hose that should be a perfect fit to make the dust snout;

From Grainger, I ordered the (2) electrical cords.

If you need any part #’s, just lemme’ know.

-- -- Neil

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lilredweldingrod

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#3 posted 1270 days ago

Neil, you are beginning to make me feel guilty as sin. I’ve turned down two of these in the last year and now if I could find space, I’d go looking for one. lol
I really like the table. And the old saw is cleaning up very nicely. That is going to be a very nice addition to your shop. What are the dimensions of the fence?

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Eric_S

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#4 posted 1270 days ago

Looking good Neil. Is that hole facing the user on the left hand side for dust collection? Odd placement I guess, you may need to add additional DC behind but I’m sure you’ll figure that out once its running.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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NBeener

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#5 posted 1270 days ago

Thanks, Rand !

For a hundred bucks, the MBF was one I couldn’t pass up.

The fence is 2-1/2”H x 37”W x 3/4” D

Every time I check CraigsList, in Northern Colorado, I see one or two of the older DeWalts, so … in Southern California … I would think you’d have plenty to choose from, if and when you decided you can’t live without an RAS ;-)

-- -- Neil

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NBeener

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#6 posted 1270 days ago

Eric:

Ayup. That’s the only spot to hook up a DC.

I think lots of people build out a hood behind their RAS’s, just like they might for a CMS.

Another idea I got was a slotted panel, mounted horizontally, below the RAS, and hooked into the DC via the kind of wye you might use on a router table.

This one’s going to get “served” by the 20’ hose off of my ShopVac. I doubt I’ll do anything more for it … unless it truly creates a blizzard, during use.

-- -- Neil

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1270 days ago

Ok Neil, my RAS is a DeWalt MMB 23 so I think its a little smaller than yours.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 1270 days ago

That’s sooooo cooool, Neil.
You are doing right by the old gal.
Great job!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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grizzman

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#9 posted 1270 days ago

hmmmm a gnats tushie huh…i think i saw one of those on the discovery channel…...it was mighty tight…but knowing how you do things …i wouldn’t expect much less…that’s a beauty of a saw…and your doing a wonderful job of getting her back into service again…i would like to see and hear this beast come to life….i wonder what a gnat sounds like when you nick its tushie…lol…..carry on my wayward son….....

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Florida_Jim

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#10 posted 1270 days ago

That is a very nice job. I just bought its brother for $120.00 of of the local “CL”. Mine has has motor bearings. I bought it from a very nice old gentleman, who had three MBF’s. He’s keeping one, giving one to his son, and sold me the other.
Neil, what size did you make your table? mine didn’t come with a table. “MR Sawdust” book says 17” X 37”
I’m going to prep and paint mine. I got some Rustoleum “multi textured sea green” from Grainger. It’s just a little darkerthat the original. I painted the guard to see what it would look like, and I like it.

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StumpyNubs

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#11 posted 1270 days ago

I am suffering from a case of Radial Arm Saw envy! What is that- a late 40’s Dewalt? My grandfather has a mint condition one from that era (9’) that looks a lot like yours and it is amazingly accurate. I have a 1960’s Dewalt which was still a good saw, but not a pretty!

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brianinpa

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#12 posted 1270 days ago

Neil now the fun begins. Put that thing to use and make some stuff!! Nice work on the table. I want to make one for my 925, but the table on it is still in decent shape.

For the DC port, go to an auto parts store and get a radiator hose with a 90 degree bend in and and cut it short. That will shoot the dust and chips away from you. Most of the chips will go back away from the blade, and only a little will come through the tube unless you use a stack dado blade. Dado blades makes the chips fly!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Jim Bertelson

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#13 posted 1270 days ago

Pretty darn slick kid, neat looking table and saw. I use a plastic sink drain piece attached to the right angle plastic piece that came with the saw to shoot the sawdust back toward the saw column and into the dust collector box.

I gotta make that DC part a little more elaborate, and bring it closer to the fence, I think Jim Hamilton gave me the idea for that.

My top is simply two 1/2 inch MDF pieces glued together to make it 1 inch thick, 49” wide and 21” inches deep, I think. It is normally dead flat but finally noted it was slightly high in the center today. The center adjustment made it dead flat again in less than a minute. That was the first time I had to adjust it in about 18 months, and I have checked it a number of times, with a 4 foot level I bought for the task, so it has done well. I used the same adjustment mechanism that the original table had when I rebuilt it in 2009, just replaced the set screw and nut since they had gotten rusted over the years. Your top looks more robust, but if someone is replacing an old Craftsman top, I suggest they use the original system and some MDF. Cheap and effective. I don’t know much about the Dewalt, so it may require a different approach. Your top should tolerate more abuse, and will probably never go out of adjustment, which is a plus.

About 75% or more of my cutting occurs on the RAS, since most cutting is crosscut. They are accurate, fast, and safer than a TS, in my opinion, for crosscut. Youse is going to love that saw! Remember my fence system, if you think it might be useful for you:

http://lumberjocks.com/jbertelson/blog/11233

The pertinent part is the end of that blog item, just before the comments.

Well, back to making sawdust, working on my project table base.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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stefang

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#14 posted 1270 days ago

Great job on that table Neil. It sounds like you will soon firing the beast up. Looking at your nice new table made me wonder if you will get shallow cuts on it as you work, and that made me think you might be able to use a thin sacrificial layer on top that’s easy to replace, like 1/4” MDF for instance. This isn’t a suggestion, just wondered.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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mafe

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#15 posted 1269 days ago

What a wonderful saw, even the design makes me say wauuu.
Well done table this will bring you lots of joy.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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