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#1 posted 08-01-2008 01:58 AM

I have been working through the same issues. I have a craftsman RAS that I picked up with the intent to primarily use it for Dadoes. I am placing it between two cabinets already installed into my shop. I have been thinking about the problem you bring up, but also how do I keep the shelf the RAS sits on from sagging.

My decision was to place it on a torsion box instead. With that decision made (still working out the design but will post a Sketchup of what I am going to do there once all issues are worked out) I then decided that the best way to approach leveling everything was to pull the RAS off its base and mount it to the torsion box with the table on and get it level with my bench top. I know there are some problems with approach but I think I can work though them. Once I am satisfied that the top is level with the bench I will pull it back off mount the RAS back into its base put it on the torsion box and go though the tuning of the saw process and see where I land. If I am high somewhere I will plane down the rabbit in the cabinet side where appropriate and get it zeroed in, if I am low I will shim it up and get it zeroed in. At that point I will permanent mount the torsion box to the cabinet.

I hope that makes sense….PM me if you want to discuss further…..

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