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PostPosted: Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:51 pm 
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I have a 12" 2HP 3PH DeWalt RAS that's been dissembled & is stored away in the rat-hole for now! I do plan to eventually restore it, But for now the project is currently on hold for a bit.

"Back story on this project"

Awhile back "Bob Rossi" listed a Craftsman RAS for free in the classified section.
Bob didn't post any pictures or go into too much detail on the RAS, He basically wanted to free up some room & see the saw go to a good home.

Figured I could use the saw until I got around to rebuilding my DeWalt, So I replied to his post & told him I would take it. Well to my surprise the RAS was in really great shape & even had the recall guard/table kit installed, Bob also threw in a box full of accessories with the saw.
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My original plans for my DeWalt rebuild were to make a Mr Sawdust style table top & I also wanted to add some T-track to the top to help hold small parts in-place.

Being the Craftsman RAS was already in such great shape & runs excellent, I decided to rebuild the table's top & sort of use this project as a prototype build for the DeWalt rebuild later on.

Well we all know how one thing leads to another & sometimes things can get carried away :s_biggrin
Here's my latest results of my "Prototype Table Build"

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2017 1:57 pm 
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Looks great, I like the large top makes it easy to hold stuff down.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:01 am 
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I think I am the only RAS enthusiast here. I have 5, with two active, and I have one (3/4-1 Hp DeWalt?) that I bought from you that I am willing to re-sell because I plan to replace it with a higher-powered model.

I have several questions about your new set-up:

How well does that vacuum-box work on crosscuts and 45s ?

Why do you have the fence so far out from the column? Doesn't that severely reduce your width of cut, or is it adjustable? (I normally keep my fence back as close to the column as possible for max crosscut and ripping width.)

How is the stability of the 3-part fence? Is there something invisible that holds it together?

Doesn't it badly tear up your aluminum T-tracks and vac-box when cutting angles other than 90 or 45 ?

Good project, thanks for showing.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 7:08 pm 
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Jacob Nothstine wrote:
I like the large top makes it easy to hold stuff down
Yeah it makes things a lot easier, Especially with larger pieces.

I just need to make sure it doesn't become another catch-all like my workbench seem to do. :s_biggrin

I recently made several lap joints for a stand I made, Being able to clamp things down to the table helps out a lot.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:43 pm 
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Dial-up Dave wrote:
I think I am the only RAS enthusiast here.
Well it looks like there's at-least two of us. :s_cool
I've been using a RAS for years & I kind of prefer them to a table saw for a lot of cuts.
I think the biggest problem with the saws bad reputation, Is when the person operating it is not familiar with it or how it's designed to work!

Dial-up Dave wrote:
I have several questions about your new set-up:
As I mentioned in the first post, This is somewhat of a "Prototype" build for my DeWalt RAS later on. I will probably change a few things when I get to the DeWalt build, But here's my answers to your questions on my set-up.

Dial-up Dave wrote:
How well does that vacuum-box work on crosscuts and 45s ?
It works ok for now with just using a 6gal. shop-vac! Probably gets about 80~90 percent of the dust. The port in the back & the connecting piping is set-up for 4" hose for a better dust collector later on.
I do have a 2HP 3PH dust collector in the works & hopefully I'll have it finished before winter.
With the larger collector I'll probably make the left hand-side wider for crosscuts!

Dial-up Dave wrote:
Why do you have the fence so far out from the column? Doesn't that severely reduce your width of cut, or is it adjustable?
The fence is positioned to allow me a full depth of cut with the carriage at it's farthest back position, Gives me almost 16" for crosscuts.
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The fence is adjustable for rip cuts to 26" & the dust chute is easily removed with just a few screws!
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Dial-up Dave wrote:
How is the stability of the 3-part fence? Is there something invisible that holds it together?
The fence is made from one piece of 1" x 4" oak (3/4" wide by 1" depth) on the bottom of of the fence is clamped in-place by the top & back section.
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Dial-up Dave wrote:
Doesn't it badly tear up your aluminum T-tracks and vac-box when cutting angles other than 90 or 45 ?
For now I only plan to use the saw in the 90 & 45 setting with the current dust chute, So the T-track & chute shouldn't need to be altered!
I can easily remove the fence & dust-chute & then clamp down a piece of hardboard to use as a sacrificial top if needed for a unusual cut.

The outside T-track is a combo Miter-track/T-track, So I can always set the head for a rip cut & use a miter gauge in the combo-track.
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I do plan to make another fence (lower height) & different style dust chute that I will use for doing dado cuts.

I'm also thinking about making a sliding sled/jig set-up to run in that miter track slot, Sort of like a crosscut sled for a table saw. But this would be more like a ripping or tapper jig, Allowing me to true-up one edge of rough-cut or uneven stock.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:20 am 
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That looks great Doug! I see you kept the spiffy mobile base!
I'm glad it went to a good home.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:35 am 
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BobRossi wrote:
I see you kept the spiffy mobile base!
Yeah it's worked out good for me so far even with my uneven/cracked garage floor. I like the way it has little pockets that the legs fit into, With the added weight of the new top it keeps the legs from moving outward. I may eventually add some plywood on the top of the base & some thin hardboard to the sides & make a storage area for saw related parts & jigs.
BobRossi wrote:
I'm glad it went to a good home.
Thanks again Bob!
I think it's safe to say the saw is going to stay here for quite awhile! :s_biggrin

With the Craftsman running as good as it does, I'm really not in a big hurry to get the DeWalt finished.
Even after I get my DeWalt up & running I'll probably still keep the Craftsman as a back-up saw.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:38 am 
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Dial-up Dave wrote:
I think I am the only RAS enthusiast here.


I have one. I like them.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:52 pm 
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Glad to see some Radial-Radicals coming out of the closet.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 8:20 pm 
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Mitch Bray wrote:
Dial-up Dave wrote:
I think I am the only RAS enthusiast here.


I have one. I like them.



Make that four! I am a huge fan. I love this table!

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