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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 01-02-2014 08:40 PM 3551 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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SCOTSMAN

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01-02-2014 08:40 PM

I have just recently put the finishing touches and a lot of time with friends and neighbours working on my radial arm saw to be brought back to better than new condition. It is finally all working with new electric switching and blade, and fence, and worktop, phew a lot of work. I intended to use the flip stop from my table bench saw mitre gauge but was dissapointed to find that although they are both wadkin saws it doesn’t fit.
Flimsy little flip stops are expensive and would still need to be made fit the fence on my radial arm wadkin saw.These wadkins saws are all industrial and are heavily built with tlc it is like new any ideas on a home made flip stop would be appreciated indeed or one you bought and fitted to your saw.Any help please let me know. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease


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#1 posted 01-02-2014 09:28 PM

Here is what I have on my RAS. It’s old, but works good. Maybe it will give you some ideas.

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 12:14 AM

Hi Alistair, Happy New Year to you and Bronwen…..............

I am at my vacation home where I am building a modest shop. I have been able to fit in a table saw, band saw, and a number of other small to medium size power tools. It is in the two car garage, and I have to move one of the cars out to use the shop, but it works out fine.

At home, I admit to using the simplest of stop devices on my RAS. It is just a 10 inch Craftsman I bought new 43 years ago. It is the most used power tool in the shop to this day. I use it as a crosscut specialist.

I clamp the stop in place with a small vise grip clamp. Accurate to a few thousands of an inch, don’t have to measure crosscuts. I sight along either side of the acrylic top. It is exactly 10 inches long, so I can set it for very small cuts off the back end.

Shop – My way of keeping the registration of the fence exact. In the past I used extra 5 1/4 inch floppy labels – wow does that date me, but this one I made with my label maker. Set the fence so that the ruler is exact, then put the label on the fence and push it into the angle with a block of wood. Then cut it at the angle with a box cutter. Can see if the fence is set right at a glance. Or you can put it back precisely if the fence is temporarily removed. Place different labels for different blades. Literally, I make settings within a few thousands of an inch measured with a Wixey digital caliper (boy does that get a lot of use, love it)...........

I don’t know if that gives you any ideas, but the vise grip clamp is great, I have a few of the little ones around the shop with one dedicated to the fence stop.

It is not a flip up stop however, and I think that is what you are looking for. They are quite easy to make from hardwood, and I have a couple on my super sled. I looked for some pictures but couldn’t find any of the stops, and I am not at home so can’t get a new picture. Just use some oak, 5/16 or bigger hardware, and you should be able to make something quite robust. You can add a vernier screw to the stop readily as well. I know you work in metal as well, and a wood prototype should make the design of a metal one easy to visualize.

Again, have a good year….....

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 08:20 PM

Yes both your ideas are great,the first one is shop bought but I could make one like that with some mild steel and som welding with my mig welder. Also JIM a happy new year to both of you too Jim Your such a nice guy if you ever want to visit Scotland you would be welcome here with us we have a large house 5 bedroom victorian villa and our house overlooks the sea so, I invite you and yours anytime Have a great new year. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 01-04-2014 10:25 PM

Thanks for the offer Alistair. Don’t know when I will be to Scotland again, but if so, I will let you know. We actually touched down in Scotland this year on a cruise, but there was no opportunity for travel within the country. A number of years ago we spent a week in Scotland with another couple, stayed at a B&B in Pitlochry for a week and took side trips by car and train

If you are interested in metal rather than wood, the other consideration would be to build a stop out of aluminum extrusions or iron angle and flats. I have used both of those methods over time for miscellaneous construction projects. I tend to join pieces using bolts and nuts and taps and dies. You might chose to weld.

Spending a lot of time organizing my vacation shop, and building mobile items. It is fun, and I have built a couple utilitarian items here. The shop is intended to be used for repairs and building small woodworking projects.

Well, time to get back the shop chores, sun is shining here in La Conner, Washington, but it is only 38 degrees, the coldest day we have had here this week.

Cheers,

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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