Radial Arm Saw cabinet

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Project by mountainaxe posted 09-09-2011 02:27 AM 25398 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my take on a Feb 79 Popular Mechanics cabinet for my 1976 era Craftsman RAS. It has several features that I was looking for: 1) it’s mobile; 2) it’s extremely solid; 3) it is a passive sawdust collector; and 4) it has large storage under the saw. I used standard construction pine and 1/2” plywood…and some leftover stuff. I was tired of trying to collect sawdust with a vacuum at the blade. Now I just collect the sawdust from the bin underneath the saw after I’m done playing. Simple, effective…and much more quiet.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 09-09-2011 02:32 AM

looks good
now you can cut
the same size boards all the time
just use both

without a stop lol

the dust bin sounds like a great idea

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#2 posted 09-09-2011 02:42 AM

I keep one RAS set for crosscutting…the second for dados and other functions. I guess you either love or hate the RAS…I find it to be my primary shop tool and very versatile. The passive dust collector works great so far.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#3 posted 09-09-2011 03:22 AM

Very nice. I love that year of RAS. My grandfather bought one in 1975, and in less then a year it paid it’s self off.
It built a shed, and put cedar siding on are house.

Thanks, for posting

Thank you, Michael Frey
Portland, OR


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#4 posted 09-09-2011 04:05 AM

Looks good!

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 10:03 AM

I’ve got the same saw only a year later.

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#6 posted 05-22-2018 07:28 PM

I know this is old but I have to ask because I love this idea:

Why the two separate saws/tables and not combine the two bases together? Wouldn’t it work essentially the same? You could change out fences as needed and just swing out the arm you aren’t using? I use my RAS for many different functions. I use the 1/2” drill chuck arbor with Forstner bits (making furniture, stools), use a bunch of the molding cutter heads, etc. I think it would be great to have a crosscut saw right next to that (or so I don’t have to go over to TS, move fence then put on crosscut sled, etc.).

Do you still like that setup? I have three spare (complete) RAS and a bunch more RAS parts. Could easily have two saws but I think I’d want them to be closer together.


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#7 posted 05-23-2018 11:30 PM

I still use this setup, but with better RAS…Red Star and Dewalt. My original thought was that one RAS would be mobile, so i could pull it forward in order to better reach attachments (molder, router, etc.) from the side. Both tables are the same height. It really works well and having two RAS side by side is very handy…for instance, setting one up with a blade and one with a dado.

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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