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

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Blog entry by bubinga posted 06-25-2011 06:59 PM 4935 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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 accurate square ,and flash light, because this is the first time using the digital protractor ,Yes it is accurate

Now I must charge the camera bat. for more pictures

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

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#1 posted 06-25-2011 07:42 PM

The top looks good, I need to sand my top and square the RAS.

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 06-25-2011 07:44 PM

I should really get one of those Master Plates for aligning the RAS. It occasionally goes out of alignment, and that would make it a lot easier. I have a full set Wixey gizmos, including the angle gauge, that I really like.

My Delta Contractor’s Saw has stubbornly stayed in perfect alignment for 20 years. It is still set like it was at the factory, in perfect alignment with the miter slot. However, the plate would be handy for rechecking the fence, a Vega, which also has not neede realignment since I purchased and installed it two years ago.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 06-25-2011 08:37 PM

Great job. I’ll repeat: I LOVED being able to use the Master Plate when it came time to align MY RAS.

And … Jim ... I’d just knock that sucker OUT of alignment. Call it “routine maintenance,” or something ;-)

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 06-26-2011 01:52 AM

Good thought Neil… that kinda like cutting yourself so that the neighborhood clinic
nurse ….who has ignored all your advances… least has to touch you?......(-;

....nah, I’ll knock it a few times, and call it “limits testing”

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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