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Thread: Radial Arm Saw Table Modifications

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Pellerin View Post
    Too late to chime in?
    As a mater of fact No, Your just in time!

    I decided to rebuild the top while I'm at it & I'm just getting ready to layout the dado's needed to recess the "T" track.

    I'm pretty sure I'll end up going with both options, Parallel to the blade & parallel to the fence.

    Doug
    Last edited by Doug Walls; 04-28-2017 at 10:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Pellerin View Post
    I added a t-track to the left of the cut by a few inches - just enough to have the star knob clear the blade guard.

    I like your version of setting up a 45 degree cut to the right-hand side of the table & just leaving the arm at 90 degrees! How do you fasten the back side of the 45 degree fence to the table?

    Doug
    Last edited by Doug Walls; 04-29-2017 at 12:52 AM.

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    Clamps. I replaced the normal fence with short pieces centered at the table clamps for the room to shift the fixture into position.

    I was setting up to cut slots across plastic trim for gable end vents. The part I was cutting is trapped between fences and the gap front to back is the width of the slot. Dust collection was on the wrong side once the saw head was tipped over, so I kept the vacuum busy after each cut. I used in indexing block after each cut to move the right side of the fixture and the part along the left hand fence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Pellerin View Post
    Clamps. I replaced the normal fence with short pieces centered at the table clamps for the room to shift the fixture into position.
    Thanks for the info!

    The parts I will be making for my flower pots will need a 45 degree half-lap joints & seeing that I won't be cutting all-the-way through the 45 degree fence, Your 45 degree fence set-up should work out good for me.

    That gives me a few more ideas

    Doug

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    Got the "T" track installed over the weekend using my router & a DIY dado jig.
    I ended up using some of Woodpeckers double T-track since I happened to have it on-hand from a old router table build.

    Still have several things to finish up on it! Going to add some red oak edge trim & a new rear fence clamping system. Also need to make a new fence / dust collection system since this new table is 48" wide & the old one was only 40" wide.

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    Doug

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    Finally got everything finished up, Including the dust collection shute.

    I also added a combo miter/t-track to the front, I plan to make a jig that will slide in the miter track so I can square-up uneven stock.

    Doug
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  7. Quote Originally Posted by Kurt Kintner View Post
    Doug.....I modified mine like this.... I milled a T slot in the fence and only use it for positioning a stop, but would be very easy to make the hold-downs you require....
    I like the dust collection. My RAS really needs to be up graded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berklich View Post
    I like the dust collection.
    Yeah it works ok for straight cuts, But doesn't help much on rip cuts!
    I'm still working on a simple design that can be easily adjusted for different cuts.

    I also need to add a separate small vacuum extension hose & blast gate to the system to use for cleaning out the "T" tracks! The "T" tracks are a nice addition, But they tend to get filled with sawdust especially on rip cuts.

    Doug

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