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Here's a couple of unusual set-ups I have used this RAS & T-track system to cut metal!

First one is shown HERE where I re-cut some teeth on a cast-iron gear.

Here's some pictures of a set-up I used to cut some slots in a piece of 1/8" thick aluminum, The plate is a top/cover for a 20" Walker Turner drill press I'm working on.

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Years ago I had a Craftsman RAS and I was terrible. I could not keep it adjusted. I still used it for several years and sold it and bought my first table saw, a Craftsman. I was a happy camper. You are making me want to buy another RAS.

What are the holes in the fence for? Doug, you have come up with some great ideas on your custom table.

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I gave my Dewalt RAS for a miter saw about 15yrs age. I have regretted that decision for about 14 yrs. Doug, really like what you've done with your saw!
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Years ago I had a Craftsman RAS and I was terrible. I could not keep it adjusted.
I believe one of the biggest problems with keeping everything adjusted & squared-up has to do with the old flimsy style table & mounting system.

On my set-up with the steel reinforced table & all the adjustment points it really keeps the top level & square. I may have also gotten lucky getting the saw I did, Since it didn't look to be used much!

I also took my time making sure everything was dead square when setting it all up, Including adding .010" ~ .015" shims to the base of the column mounts! I actually used a dial indicator & machinist set-up blocks in the alignment process.

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What are the holes in the fence for?
Dust collection!
There's a 4" dust port located next to the column, But it's currently reduced to 2-1/2" for a shop-vac connection.
It works ok for crosscuts & miter-cuts, But it's not much help for rip cuts.
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Doug, really like what you've done with your saw!
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I gave my Dewalt RAS for a miter saw about 15yrs ago. I have regretted that decision for about 14 yrs.
I actually have a 12" DeWalt T-1533 2HP 3-phase that's currently disassembled & waiting to be rebuilt. Being I was given the Craftsman for free, I figured I would tryout my table ideas on it first!

The Craftsman really surprised me on how good & strong it runs so I'm not in any hurry to start rebuilding the DeWalt.
I did start on reinforcing the base, Since I really believe that's one of the weak spots on most RAS.

Here's a picture (not mine) of the type of DeWalt I have.

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Here's a few pictures of the top with the T-track.

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Hi Doug, this is really neat table, would you mind providing more info on the adjustment at the back of the table? (behind the fence)

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Hi Grant and welcome. I'm not sure if he'll answer right away. His last activity was about 3 weeks ago.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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would you mind providing more info on the adjustment at the back of the table? (behind the fence)
That's just some thick angle-iron with a 1/2"-13 tapped thread, The head of the bolt pushes the fence forward.

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I'm not sure if he'll answer right away. His last activity was about 3 weeks ago.
Haven't been doing to much woodworking lately!
I've been tied up with some metalworking equipment I recently bought from a machine shop that went out of business.

I also just added a 60 amp sub-panel & some 240V circuits to my garage, It involved a quite a bit of moving things around to install the new circuits.

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Doug,

I just discovered your series of posts from a couple of years ago, about your Radial Arm Saw setup. That is the most amazing and complete system I have ever seen. I see a lot of elements from various internet sites, but here all combined into one system. And with even more.

My Craftsman RAS is about the same vintage as yours. I can't exactly remember if I bought it in the late 1970's or early 1980's. The main difference is that mine is sitting on a steel cabinet that Sears made for it.

For several years I have been gathering ideas for better tables and dust collection solutions. I think what I see here is close to what I want, although I'm not certain about the sliding table yet. I like your improvement on the Mr. Sawdust table, with the additional steel bars running front to back.

Question 1: the bolts coming down from those steel bars on the bottom of the table: I would like to verify a couple of assumptions. First, I assume those bolts are coming from the top side of that bottom sheet of plywood. Second, I assume that there are unseen nuts on the upper side of the steel L-section mounting beams, so the table is held firmly instead of relying on its weight.

Question 2: I noticed the port on top of the dust collection shroud that can be connected to the blade guard for ripping. Is that more effective (or even just as effective) as connecting a shop vacuum?

Question 3: how effective is the dust collection? Does it actually capture most of the dust, with little or no dust bypassing it?

I think seeing your system is a strong prompt to me to get started on the realization of my long delayed planning. Thanks.



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