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

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Blog entry by bubinga posted 05-03-2011 03:50 PM 5317 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 matter
I 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 able to raise the middle up, and easily get the table flat
I have a piece of hardboard cut ,to put on top, to use as the cutting board, and a Maple fence.

My new forest chopmaster 9in blade has arrived, yeah real nice, New parts setting on old top.

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Getting ready to drill holes

-- E J ------- Always Keep a Firm Grip on Your Tool

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#1 posted 05-03-2011 10:21 PM

I’m a bit jealous that you have the old top to work with. I’m going to need to make mine from scratch (-:

How did you decide on a blade to buy?

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#2 posted 05-03-2011 10:29 PM

I changed out my old top on my RAS and added a nice storage rack underneath and a miter station and Hollow Chisel Morticing station on top.

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#3 posted 06-04-2011 06:16 AM

Looks good, thanks for the update.

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#4 posted 06-04-2011 06:55 AM

Very nice Bubinga

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Jim Bertelson

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#5 posted 06-25-2011 07:29 PM

Your table looks a little like mine. I laminated two 1/2 inch pieces of MDF. It duplicates the original top that came with the saw, except that the new one is larger. I am able to keep it extremely flat using the original Craftsman system, although I am using new screws.

Here is the blog entry including a fence system that I really like, a revision of my old fence:
RAS Fence

Here is my top, a couple of years old now:

Oh, and for the curious, I bought my 10” Craftsman RAS new in 1970. It is a trusty old friend.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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