TRIX with my Radial Arm Saw??????

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Forum topic by HillWilly posted 09-19-2013 08:27 PM 1557 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2013 08:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tips tricks ras radial arm saw craftsman saw auxiliary

I’d love to do something really creative with the auxiliary output shaft on my RAS. My shop is very poorly equipt at this point and would like to come up with something that is cool but be functional as well. Has any body got any photos or ideas that might help?? The shaft is short and doesn’t have a shoulder for mounting anything so maybe something that will thread on or an adaptor to do …. who knows what!!!! It appears to be 1/2” x 20 tpi ???

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#1 posted 09-19-2013 10:11 PM

A flex shaft with a die grinder type handpiece for power carving.

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#2 posted 09-19-2013 10:46 PM

a drill chuck will thread on there easily, then you put a router bit in the drill chuck. Or you put one of those little power planers on it. Or a grindstone. Sears wrote a book on all the stuff you can add on to the RAS, but I can’t find it on my shelf right now.

Of course if it didn’t have to be overly functional you could tie a stick with some plastic on the end and have an automatic fly-swatter. Or one of those large bubble-makers – dip it in the solution, tie it to the RAS, turn it on and have bubbles everywhere. Of course why do bubbles when a lightbulb, a styrofoam cup with holes and some duct-tape and you could have your own disco ball.

The possibilities are endless. Just look at what’s in your shop that has 1/2-20 threads and start attaching it.

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 01:26 AM

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 02:47 PM

I have heard of them being converted into overhead routers.

Check out this PDF. They were made to be a multi – tool. Some of the stuff in it scares me. Look at the last page. The guy is making a stand for his Darwin Award. He’s crosscutting a board, it looks like the sawdust is going right at his kid’s face, they’re all smiling. No safety gear in sight.

I’m a RAS guy, I have that RAS, but you gotta be careful with one.

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 04:19 PM

Years ago I had an old Craftsman that I put a router collet on to use as an overhead router. Not enough speed I guess and it grabbed the piece and spun it (and my left thumb) like a propeller. If you’ve ever seen a slasher movie, you’ll get an idea of what my shop wall looked like.

I guess a flex shaft carving tool would be ok if you don’t mind single speed.

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#6 posted 09-21-2013 07:05 PM

I put a 2” sanding drum on my Sears RAS all the time. I cut a 2 1/4 hole in some 3/4” MDF and It works really great. I don’t know if Sears still sales the drum though.

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#7 posted 09-21-2013 07:23 PM

Get a chuck for it and you can use it for horizontal drilling
for dowel holes and perhaps mortising. The RPM is
about 3400 which is an acceptable speed for plunge
mortising, but you’d another axis work holder table
built with drawer slides or whatever. Cranking the
height up and down on a RAS is way too slow and
tedious, but you can use the arm travel to pull a drill
or end mill into a work piece.

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