1961 Craftsman RAS with added crosscut stop rail
Finally, I've pulled the photos from my camera. I neglected to photograph it as I built it, but here it is in finished form. It gives me 8' of stop range for precisely measured crosscuts. I can use it for through cuts as well as crosscut dados. The extension table top and fence are made of a partial sheet of 18mm (3/4") oak veneer plywood that I've had laying around for 10 years or so. The legs are of ordinary 2×4 stud material. There is no finish on it. The stop rail is two 52" sections of Incra rail.
The saw is mounted on a Ridgid universal tool stand. Dad didn't have a stand for it, and had it sitting on various things over the years.
This photo shows the right end of the fence. To the right of the blade, there is a partial spacer fence the same depth as the INCRA rail. The back of INCRA rail is fastened to the fence and the top of the extension table is fastened to the bottom of the INCRA rail.
The fence (sacrificial) of the RAS is clamped between the (wooden) table and a floating partial table at the back of the main table. This is the original table that came with the saw when my Dad bought it back in 1961. It's not so flat, but my feeling so far is that it is usable.
Under the left front corner of the main table, I've got this little drawlatch which pulls the extension table tight to the main table. Since the back edge of the extension is fastened to the fence, which now extends 8' to the left from the right edge of the main table, I didn't think I needed any further fastening at the back.
The extension table is supported with two inverted "T" legs which are mounted to door hinges so that the table can be folded for ease of storage or transport when removed from the main saw table. The bottom of each T leg has two "T-bolt" inserts which provide for height adjustment of each corner of the extension table.
Here's a view from upstairs.
The left side of the saw.
Another left angle view.
This has almost nothing to do with the RAS, but it's the partially floored upstairs of my shop. When I finish this, I can move a lot of stored craft materials (my wife's yarn, fabrics etc.) upstairs to free up space to really get my shop set up. So, finishing that is top shop priority!