Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'radial arm saw'

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Down and dirty dust collection for the RAS

08-26-2011 06:39 PM by Don W | 7 comments »

I was asked to post the dust collection for my Radial Arm saw. This is an old craftsman I bought used at least 20 years ago. Its served me well, and still continues to be on of my most used tools. The obvious shortcoming is the lack of dust collection. My thought has always been to build a “prettier” solution, but since time is often lacking in my shop, if it don’t stink…........ I started with a basic pottery barn card board box. A pottery barn box is not a must, a...

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Setting Up Shop #3: Fantastic Freebies

07-18-2011 04:31 AM by DonnyBahama | 11 comments »

Today I found (on craigslist) a free Craftsman Radial Arm saw. It’s the electronic kind with a digital readout for height/bevel/angle (not sure if I’ll trust it) and it was in very good shape. It needs a new table and fence (don’t they all?!) and some lubrication but the blade is nice and sharp and it’s not rusty or thrashed. I’ve seen people selling these for $75 that were beat up and rusty with missing parts. Best of all, I remembered something from a few ye...

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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #5: Adjusting table for flat on, The Mean Green Machine

06-25-2011 06:59 PM by bubinga | 4 comments »

In the pictures below I’m ,using the Master plate, with part of TS Aligner Jr attached, to check multiple points,around the table, and adjusting it to be uniformly flat. Here I’m adjusting saw ,to travel 90 degrees to fence, with dial indicator fixed, and sliding the saw with master plate attached, just the opposite of sliding an indicator ,in a miter slot,on a table saw. Here : Adjusting for 90 degrees to table, with digital protractor, and also checked with ac...

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Radial Arm Saw #2: Handle fix

06-22-2011 05:49 PM by drsongs | 1 comment »

So my dad was here visiting and he fixed the broken handle on my Wards Powr Kraft RAS. I don’t have pics of the process but here’s the final result. He drilled some small holes and put in a couple of pins to get it in the right position then used some JB weld. Fashioned a metal brace screwed it on then more JB weld.

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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #4: Building the new table on, The Mean Green Machine

05-03-2011 03:50 PM by bubinga | 5 comments »

I had a nice piece of MDF, 1-1/4hick 20”wide x 54” long, just waiting for a project like this.Thing is ! I can’t remember where I got this nice piece of, inch and a quarter MDF, well ! No matterI got all the pieces cut out, laid the table on the machine base,or I should say table bars, anyway checked the table for flatness, is out 1/64 along the length, so I plan to put in some 2 inch long, socket head set screws in the middle of the table, tee nuts on the bottom, I will be...

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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #3: Finishing up the wiring ,The Mean Green Machine

04-28-2011 10:12 AM by bubinga | 2 comments »

I bought a new switch, and put an extension on it, to make it easier to flip on and off, (the extension is the barrel of a Bic pen, cut shorter, slipped on and epoxied to the toggle switch, with green tape, for the green look on it) I used this same trick one time on a contractor saw and left the pen barrel full length. I finished up the wiring, I think the green wires look pretty cool.I will be getting the motor bearings tomorrow. This table is the original from the manufactu...

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Dewalt RAS Restoration #3: Motor and Motor Carriage

04-27-2011 04:19 PM by milbert | 3 comments »

Continuing to work up the saw I got the next big chunk of work done, the motor and the motor carriage. I followed pretty much the same process I used while doing the base. Like I said before, this saw is in great working shape and had been used daily by the gentleman that had it before. I both the motor bearings and track bearings had already been replaced. They were in good shape so all I needed to do was give them a thorough cleaning. I also hand painted the embossed DeWalt logo ‘k...

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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #2: The Mean Green Machine

04-27-2011 12:26 AM by bubinga | 3 comments »

OK here is the carriage bearings cleaned up and put back togetherI soaked the carriage bearings in a mixture of WD-40 and mineral spirits for about four hours, took them out scrubed them up with some liquid wrench, Got them spinning real good, and put a few drops of three in one oil on them, there is no play in the bearings they are fine shape, so I’m not going to replace them. Motor ready for new bearings Okay people. Here , She is !!!!! The Mean Green Machine Getting her wired up.

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Restoring a 1957 a Dewalt Radial Arm Saw #1: The Mean Green Machine

04-24-2011 03:45 AM by bubinga | 13 comments »

I found this little gem on craigslist, came with stand 70 bucks, called the ,guy picked it up the same day,This is only a 20 min. drive one wayAlthough it was a little rough getting their, here is what happened. I don’t use my trailer much, so I had to get it out (well it lives outside) get ready to go, I couldn’t get the lights working right, they get corroded setting outside, and had to be replaced every so often. Sooo !!!I grabbed a coupon from harbor freight for some stick on ma...

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The venerable Radial Arm Saw

04-18-2011 10:05 PM by Gary777 | 8 comments »

Hello everyone, I like to write and now that I am laid up from back surgery for a few weeks I figured I would take the opportunity to create a few blog posts and share some of what I have learned with others that may be new (or even experienced) to woodworking. Like most folks these days I own a great 10” miter saw that I used for crosscuts, but I didn’t own a sliding compound miter saw, it wasn’t until after I got the miter saw that I realized that I was limited to ab...

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