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#1 posted 09-10-2016 08:40 PM


Congratulation! It sounds like not only is your neighbor a good guy, but you must be a good neighbor also.

I never thought of using the radial arm saw as a router. I can see how for certain cuts the radial arm saw could be the perfect tool for the job. I would be interested in learning how the router set-up works out.

There are a couple things I did to my radial arm saw that have worked well for me. I mention them in case you might be interested.

Since the front table gets pretty chewed up over time and I so dislike replacing the table, covering the table with ¼” tempered hardboard which I screwed in place, is the route I took. I covered my front table with three separate pieces of hardboard, one on the left side of the table, one on the right side and a center removable/replaceable sliding insert. The left and right sides were cut at a 45 degree bevel along one edge. Several center inserts were also cut with the same 45 degree bevel. With the right and left sections of the hardboard installed the center insert slides into place, held in position by the bevels and a single screw at the front edge of the table. Since my radial arm stays at 90 degrees, I can easily refresh the table by replacing the center insert. I covered the back tables with one piece of hardboard just in case I every need to reconfigure the fence. Of course if the radial arm is swung to cut a mitre, care is required to avoid ruining the blade by cutting into a screw.

The second problem I encountered was saw dust accumulating at the base of the fence, which would throw off my cuts. My solution was to cut a few short and narrow pieces of ¼” hardboard that were glued along the table’s edge where the fence locks into place. The resulting gaps allow dust to fall through the spaces created the by hardboard stand-off strips. Since the strips are glued to the table’s edge, replacing the fence is easily done.

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