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Posted on Question about bolt holes on Craftsman Radial Arm saw front table build.

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#1 posted 04-04-2019 01:44 AM

If you haven’t finished with your table (I know, I’m probably too late), one way to make sure you have the rear edge of the table in the right spot is to rotate the motor into its ripping position. I forget which way is which (and I’m not in my shop right now), but the measuring strip across the arm is designed so that it shows the measurement of the rip (just above the carriage lock know in your diagram). So, set your saw to that position, and make sure that if the motor is at the 0” position the blade is sitting right at the edge of the fence. To put it another way, with the motor in that orientation and set to 1”, there should be exactly 1” between the fence and the blade. Assuming of course that everything is tuned to the original specs, which may not be the case with yours.

I hope that rambling makes some semblance of sense.

For what it’s worth, I am in the process of replacing my table and re-tuning everything. But I had replaced the feet with casters a few years ago, and everything was wobbly while I was cleaning it all up. (It’s amazing how small a space wasps and mud dobbers can squeeze into, and build nests). So I stopped the cleanup in order to build a mobile cart. It’s almost finished, then I’ll get back to the clean-up, tune-up, and table replacement.


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