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Grandpa's RAS gets a new top

Instead of adding a new project for the things I do around the shop, I thought I would start a blog about the upgrades as I make them. Over the past two years I have done a lot to convert the unfinished part of my basement into a woodworking shop. If you want to see some before shots you can visit the bt3central forums (probably need to register to see pics, sorry i'll post them here soon)

The beginning
Upgrade 1

You can see what it looks like now in My Workshop in my profile…

Anyway, the point of this first blog entry was to showcase the new top I put on the radial arm saw I inherited from my Grandpa. Until today I have used it as received but realized that the top was pretty chewed up and if I wanted to clean cuts without chip out I needed to start with a clean slate. I used 3/4" hardwood ply and a 1.5" jointed ash fence. I also extended it deeper, behind the post than the original to make it easier to attach a dust collection hood (in progress). After replacing the top, I tuned it up and now get beautiful cross cuts. I haven't messed around with 45 degree cuts or bevel cuts but with my table saw and some jigs, I may dedicate this for cross cuts for now.

Before
Wood Flooring Floor Gas Hardwood


After:
Wood Automotive tire Floor Flooring Hardwood


Thanks for looking.
Looks good. I am glad you were able to restore old machinery…much better made than new stuff.

My bro in law 'borrowed' my dad's RAS over 20 yrs ago while I was away in university. He left it uncovered under a deck and it warped the top and rusted it to hell. I had my eyes on it since I was able to walk.
Maybe I should go over and re-borrow it and start a renovation project of my own.
 

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