dual radial arm saw station

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Project by James Lango posted 01-23-2012 09:48 AM 12891 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love radial arms for cross cutting! When i had the chance to pickup the same exact model and year of the one i already own- i jumped on the chance.
I hear mixed opinions on them- but only once have i had an issue with mine- while using of all things a wobble head dado cutter! lol scared the hell outta me.
But as long as you dont mess with them- they are super reliable for long dependable cross cuts!
I figure on using the Right one for just perfect 90’s. and the left one for just 45 degree cuts. Thats it! Set them up perfect and DONT MESS WITH THEM. lol

This will give me a nice long table surface to work with, and somehow- i have yet to figured out how to mount my router off to the far left side. Still allota work to do, but thought i’d share with everyone.

_another hint on radials, everything has to be perfect! Pain in the butt- leveled everyway possible, perpendicular top to blades, etc. its not at EZ as just thowing them together side by side on a table top.

Thanks, James

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#1 posted 01-23-2012 10:16 AM

Do you make compound anged cuts?
Thats why I’d love to have one.
With a radial arm saw you can always see what going on with your cut.
Just wonder are these Craftsman or Black and Decker or another brand?
Nice job on the bench you are building looks well thought out.
Keep up the great woodwork.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 01:38 PM

Great job. I like the vacuum system you have incorporated too. Nice planning on this project.

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 02:17 PM

So what is wrong with radial arm saw?
The trend is going with these sliding miter saws, but I see real benefit in radials.
Excellent for cross cutting and can cut wider boards.

I’ll have to pick up an use one. They do got fairly cheap on craigslist.
What is the best model?
What feature do you look for?

I had a cheap one long time ago. The problem was there were slop on the arm where you can’t or not certain that you maintain a 90 deg or set angle cut.

-- I'll be a woodworker when I grow up. HHHOPKS

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 05:33 PM

Now you’ve gone and done it!! I now have to go out and get another vintage DeWalt Powershop RAS. I do like the idea of having multiple designated setups. I wonder If I can fit 3 RAS in my 12’ x 19’? Perhaps 3 TS’s, 3 Router tables, what else would be handy…....There goes the money to buy wood for real projects!
Thanks alot James. Lol.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 01-23-2012 05:38 PM

I’m with Randy.

NOTHING good can come of this LOL !

Beautiful setup. I wonder if there’s such a thing as too many dedicated RAS’s …..

Thanks for posting !

-- -- Neil

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#6 posted 01-23-2012 05:54 PM

^I agree. I think three at 90, 25, and your favorite framing combo. Never too many Ras’s .

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 06:44 PM

Good saw station ,well designed and very useful.

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 10:25 PM

I like it !

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#9 posted 01-24-2012 12:50 AM

I have one I’ll be selling in about a month … looks just like your other two, but this one is 12” 240v only … I had one that converted 120-240 and it was a 10”, but I came across this one and traded up. Now I have a BIG (DeWalt GA 14” 240v 3pH) one coming, and I’ll be putting the old Craftsman up for sale. If you take the time to set them up properly, they are bulletproof and dead on accurate. Find a copy of Mr. Sawdust’s book on setting up the saw and follow it exactly … you’ll never regret it.

-- - dabbling in sarcasm is foolish … if you’re not proficient at it, you end up looking stupid … ... ...

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#10 posted 01-24-2012 12:51 AM

Awww, MAN!! I thought my next tool was going to be a mill. NOW I have to look for another Craftsman RAS and line up TWO tables, carriages, and arbors. Oh, well. I got nuthin’ better to do . . .


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#11 posted 01-24-2012 01:57 AM

I like it, but can you say ringing in your ears in stereo

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 01-24-2012 03:14 AM

Almost done. I know its crazy having 2 radials, but it will make things soo much easier/faster. Just have to figure out this router thing. Eventually there will be 2 drawers under the radials as well.

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#13 posted 01-24-2012 05:48 AM

Awesome! I’ve been meaning to set up my radial I took down several years ago when I moved. I now know it has to go back into use.
A well planned and executed project. Thanks for posting.
Only suggestion that I have, move the fire extinguisher right next to the exit door of the shop. That way, you’re already at the exit if the extinguisher won’t handle the problem or the smoke gets too thick.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 01-24-2012 05:54 AM

Great setup

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 01-24-2012 03:49 PM

I have an old Craftsman 10” that sits in the back corner of my shop and collects everything I can’t find a place for. I need to bring it out front and center and start using it. It has a brand new table top and the new blade protection installed that was swapped out after the recall. It is a very versatile saw. It took a back seat years ago when I finally got a 10” table saw.

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