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I own a Craftsman Radial Arm Saw that my Father purchased new in 1976…although I own two other very good RAS, I hate to get rid of this one for sentimental reasons…and it's like new with a Mr. Sawdust table and all the attachments you can imagine…and it's also one of the last good ones sold by Sears. That said, I decided to dedicate this RAS to molding/shaping duties. First thing was to build a mobile stand. It's a simple affair, but solid; includes three large/deep drawers that can hold a lot of accessories and other stuff. The stand, etc., was built with surplus pine and plywood I had lying around, so no expense there. I also had an old Craftsman mobile base that was put to good use. A little research led me to an online article in a Popular Science April 1976 magazine that had a plan for an easy to build adjustable fence. Spent a few hours building the jig with scrap plywood/pine/hardboard and used a Craftsman hold down that my Dad bought with the saw. I purchased a Delta molding head and a bunch of cutters on eBay for less than $30. The setup works like a charm, is simple to use, and makes some sweet moldings. I don't do production runs so this arrangement is perfect for the limited amount of work I do. Best part is that I don't have to have a separate shaper that costs big bucks…and this makes moldings in addition to shaping. Bottom line is that I spent next to nothing and ended up with a very useful tool…I'm very happy with the results.

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Nice set up there Jeff, looks like something you will make good use of when called upon! The base is a great addition and the storage is always nice to have. I have that exact RAS I believe (late 70's model). Bought it off a friends Father for a decent price and have it set up for cross cutting mainly and prefer it to the newer miter saws personally ! Thanks for sharing and have fun with your new station!
 

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Very cool setup. I have the same saw but have it set for 90 degree cross cuts. Now I might have to look for a molding set to replicate your idea. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Looks like a really nice setup for the RAS , I just wish I had the room for one ( or just some room at all) since I really like them and can't understand why so many people give them a Bad Rap.
 

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Thanks…this setup has worked well, although I've not used it much this year. Would still recommend it as a poor man's shaper/molder.
 
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