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Forum topic by TTF posted 03-23-2015 03:42 AM 16027 views 5 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-23-2015 03:42 AM

Topic tags/keywords: radial arm saw router shop-made tools

My project website: TF Workshop

I recently bought a 1950’s Dewalt radial arm saw, with the saw mount damaged (it was way cheap). I decided to mount a 1/2 router to the carriage – the set-up is shown below. I figure once I get a fence on it, I’m going to basically have a manual wood milling machine.

I know I’ll use it for quick material removal. I think it might end up being really useful. I already had the router, so for under $50, I have an experiment going.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur


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#1 posted 03-23-2015 03:56 AM

I like it.

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#2 posted 03-23-2015 04:09 AM

Me too.

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#3 posted 03-23-2015 04:51 AM

Great repurpose. Very innovative.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#4 posted 03-23-2015 02:50 PM

Not bad. Not bad at all. Pretty darn nice, in fact.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#5 posted 03-23-2015 03:02 PM

TTF,

You beat me to the punch. I came across a Radial Arm Saw very inexpensive and in really good shape. So, I bought it and had the same idea. I have a Rockwell router that I rarely use and thought that the two combined might give me some additional options.
Looks like you fabricated the “router holder”.
I just moved and am in the process of resetting up my shop so the overhead wood milling machine might have to be delayed a bit.
Keep us posted of your progress.

-- I can see the cheese heads from here and it is great.

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#6 posted 03-23-2015 04:26 PM

Maybe insert a pin in the T slot and make an overhead pin router?

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 04:41 PM

Marty,

Yup – I fabricated the router holder out of white oak, so it would be solid.

Here is a picture from the bottom. Half circle cradle with hose clamps. On the right side of the cradle, I put in a metal tab to lock in the router so it wouldn’t spin.

Here is the back. I cut a hole to access the speed control, and it allows some additional airflow.

Good luck with your shop set-up.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#8 posted 03-23-2015 04:42 PM

I will try the pin router idea.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#9 posted 09-06-2015 03:22 AM

Update: I’ve been using this thing for about 6 months, and I really like it. I use it to cut slots and mortises all the time. I have also ended up using it for regular router functions, like edge rounding. Unlike my router table, I can see the bit and do slight adjustments easily.

I ended up buying another radial arm saw – a larger 1950’s DeWalt – as well for $30. I keep a 1/2” dado on it for removing lots of material fast. Between these two tools, my woodworking has gotten a lot more efficient.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#10 posted 09-06-2015 04:56 AM

Sweet. Wish I had room for one.

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#11 posted 09-06-2015 05:08 AM

Ya just gotta love creative ingenuity. TTF your awesome!

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#12 posted 09-06-2015 05:17 AM

Rick & Bob – thanks.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#13 posted 09-06-2015 06:09 AM

Always wanted to build an over arm router but never got around to it!
This is a superior machine you have there now, really nice work.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 09-07-2015 03:11 AM

Oldnovice, thanks very much for your kind words and encouragement.

-- Troy | http://tf-workshop.com | The more I see nature, the more I am amazed at the Creator. - Louis Pasteur

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#15 posted 09-07-2015 04:04 AM

TTF, you know that many of the manual production routers use the over arm routers!
Multipe templates, many routers, much production without a CNC.
A shop, I once visited in Wisconsin, has a number of these along with a number of very large 4 spindle routers.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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