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Forum topic by Dan posted 09-04-2011 07:57 AM 871 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dan

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09-04-2011 07:57 AM

Topic tags/keywords: jig miter saw router question

So I have an old 59 Craftsman Radial Arm Saw that I would love to build a cabinet for. I understand that some people love them and some people don’t. But since this is one of my few tools that I own I would like to build a place for it. (If you have seen my shop you understand why) I have a drawing that is close to what I want but would like some feedback/ideas.

Basically the top section is a sawdust baffle to block a lot of the sawdust from going everywhere. Right below between the two drawers up front is an open slide out drawer that will house the frame for the RAS or can accept a SCMS for easy cleaning, maintenance etc. I also wanted plenty of drawer storage for misc tools equipment and such. As far as the top is concerned I wanted to make a groove for a t track for a fence or jig deep enough so if I cut through the to I don’t wreck it. I would also like to make folding wings an either side for long stock. Do you think I can make a router table within an extension and share the fence?


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#1 posted 09-08-2011 05:08 AM

Nice saw. Looking at your shop I can see your quite crowed.
In your situation I would find folding extensions to be more of a hindrance.
I would be more inclined to build the cabinet 7’- 8’ long on castors to move it around the way your shop is laid out. This would give you plenty of storage underneath and allow you to add the router table on the outfeed side of the cabinet. This would also allow you to run the T- track the length of the cabinet to the point of where angle cuts of the saw where you wouldn’t need the T- track. Eliminating the need for T- track between the points of the angled cuts, and be able to use it for the router table as well. Then you could just pull it straight out the garage door without having to move a lot of stuff to work on the car.

Just thought I’d share my point of view. Your design has good use of storage and there is no reason it wouldn’t work.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 11:40 AM

Well as for 45 degree angled cuts I was thinking of making a jig for that so I could keep the saw square. but a thought was going through my head yesterday about making an infeed and outfeed table on either side of my saw for ripping operations. since I don’t have the money or room for a good expensive table saw. I don’t know yet, I have to think about that one.

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 10:50 PM

Be careful ripping boards on the RAS. After the first near accident I didn’t use my RAS for ripping anymore.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 11:12 AM

I had another thought the other day that I want to add on a section for my drill press on this unit as well. I am thinking about making it longer now. I just have to move some things out of the way and reorganize.

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 12:52 AM

Since your rethinking this project. A suggestion might be at one end to build a triangular rotating tool table that can be rotated to a desired position to mount a couple of tools for easy storage and use. Much the same as a flip top tool stand only with 3 sides with one left bare to have a flat surface all the way across when needed.

For your shop situation the longer unit sounds like a good idea. Look forward to what you come up with.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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