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Been getting some tools together for some projects, and decided today was a good day to put a new backstop on the new-to-me radial arm saw. It still needs a new crank to raise and lower the blade (the original plastic one was worn out, and the replacement part is metal, so, that will last much longer). I also need to change out the miter lock knob. Wood for the backstop and rear table was about $25. Replacement parts ordered for about $60. Used radial arm saw from Craigslist was $100. Before:


After cleaning and new backstop:
Last edited 02-03-2015 at 12:54 AM by futiles.
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the saw looks good for small projects. At my work we use an industrial size.
the saw looks good for small projects. At my work we use an industrial size.
Originally Posted by Lord KM
Well, it will do any household project (small is subjective, in an industrial shop, household cabinetry would be small, but, the average homeowner, that is huge), which is all I will be using it for. In conjunction with the scroll, band, and table saws, as well as the jointer and the surface planer....
What's your project? You use that thing a lot? Or did you just get it? It looks pretty clean ...lol. $25 for the back table top? What are you using Oak? Seems a little pricy.
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What's your project? You use that thing a lot? Or did you just get it? It looks pretty clean ...lol. $25 for the back table top? What are you using Oak? Seems a little pricy.
Originally Posted by B8TINGU
I grew up around tools, my dad has a wonderful set of Craftsman pro grade tools from 1973. So, I am building out my own shop for some projects around the house. So, all my tools like this were purchased in December. Remember, when you buy wood like that, you buy an entire board, not just the 40" cut. So, I have some 2"x10" and some 1"x4" laying around. And it was actually more like $15 ($5 for the 1x4x8 and $10 for the 2x4x8) but I couldn't remember when typing. If you purchased a pre-made rip fence and rear table from Sears, they sell it in 3 pieces for ~$100.
I want to play a game. lol

Anyway sweet arm saw. My garage is full of tools but its basically car/mechanic tools. I don't have much of the carpentry stuff.
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Not sure where your at but at Home Depot or Lowes and some lumber yards usually have pre cut stuff 2', 4', 6' up to about 10' to 12' and if they don't have your size you can usually have them cut a longer piece down for less of a price, (Lumber yards will do that ) HD and Lowes will probably still make you buy the rest of the board though. You could have saved your self a $5 or $10, but if your project may have use for the left overs and left over cuts are always good for other stuff as well. like using it for a back plate when you pre drill holes so as not to mess up your bits or the table top in your garage.
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Not sure where your at but at Home Depot or Lowes and some lumber yards usually have pre cut stuff 2', 4', 6' up to about 10' to 12' and if they don't have your size you can usually have them cut a longer piece down for less of a price, (Lumber yards will do that ) HD and Lowes will probably still make you buy the rest of the board though. You could have saved your self a $5 or $10, but if your project may have use for the left overs and left over cuts are always good for other stuff as well. like using it for a back plate when you pre drill holes so as not to mess up your bits or the table top in your garage.
Originally Posted by B8TINGU
I bought that at Home Depot. Scrap wood is not what you want for that, because you need it to be straight and true. The pieces you are talking about would be from scraps, which is basically what I cut off of the 8' boards I bought. You don't go cheap on making a rip fence. Even flaw in the rip fence is a flaw in your project.
I want to play a game. lol

Anyway sweet arm saw. My garage is full of tools but its basically car/mechanic tools. I don't have much of the carpentry stuff.
Originally Posted by Preludecris
I need to get some basic automotive tools, again. Pretty much all of them got ruined 10 years ago, and have not replaced those. But, my automotive skills/knowledge is very much "basic" level. But, one of the reason I have enjoyed owning Fords is because there is nothing that can break on them that someone has not made a detailed video walkthrough of swapping out/repairing.
I loved shop class in 5th (or was it 6th) grade, but never had the opportunity to get into this hobby. I can think of tons of cool projects, but it's just too much for me to get into. Maybe when the kids are older. What I'm saying is, very cool and I'm slightly jealous Wink
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I bought that at Home Depot. Scrap wood is not what you want for that, because you need it to be straight and true. The pieces you are talking about would be from scraps, which is basically what I cut off of the 8' boards I bought. You don't go cheap on making a rip fence. Even flaw in the rip fence is a flaw in your project.
Originally Posted by futiles
Sigh.. ok.
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I loved shop class in 5th (or was it 6th) grade, but never had the opportunity to get into this hobby. I can think of tons of cool projects, but it's just too much for me to get into. Maybe when the kids are older. What I'm saying is, very cool and I'm slightly jealous Wink
Originally Posted by Kaens
And for me, it has been built out of frustration. I lived less than an hour from my folks, so, I always had access to the workshop. Moving here in 2007, every so often I think, "Oh, I could do that... Oh wait, I don't have [X] saw."

Here is one of my goals for later in the year:
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But, I have some other projects ahead of it, like rehabbing the tools first. Part of getting them cheap is each needs some TLC. Like the RAS, I had to clean, replace the parts, add a blade, etc. But, still, I will end up way under 1/3 the cost for new. The some shelving in the unfinished basement for custom storage. Basement bathroom. Cabinets and workspace in the garage. Built-ins in the den. Then, the table...
I have a full woodshop above my garage. Lathe, drill press, radial arm saw, planer, jointer, belt sander, table saws, router table, etc. I enjoy tinkering but I don't do nearly as much as I used to. I used to work on projects just for the enjoyment of creating something...now I just work on stuff the wife wants built for the house...haha

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I have a full woodshop above my garage. Lathe, drill press, radial arm saw, planer, jointer, belt sander, table saws, router table, etc. I enjoy tinkering but I don't do nearly as much as I used to. I used to work on projects just for the enjoyment of creating something...now I just work on stuff the wife wants built for the house...haha

Originally Posted by SG Steelhead
I think I have that table saw... (well, the small one in front...)

Drill Press and Lathe are next round...
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I have a full woodshop above my garage. Lathe, drill press, radial arm saw, planer, jointer, belt sander, table saws, router table, etc. I enjoy tinkering but I don't do nearly as much as I used to. I used to work on projects just for the enjoyment of creating something...now I just work on stuff the wife wants built for the house...haha

Originally Posted by SG Steelhead
I'm coming to your house when the zombie apocalypse breaks out!!! I can only assume you have a portable generator as well.
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now I just work on stuff the wife wants built for the house...haha
Originally Posted by SG Steelhead
I know how that goes...
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Yeah those gaming tables are awesome. I'd build custom shelves for my games first, then maybe something to house the consoles themselves, then get to a game table.
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So here is what I acquired (these are all used, from Craigslist):

Table Saw: ($35 spent sp far)


Band Saw, Scroll Saw, and Jointer: ($150 for the group)




2 Biscuit Joiners and a Surface Planer: ($240 for the group)

Last edited 02-09-2015 at 12:22 PM by futiles.
Yeah those gaming tables are awesome. I'd build custom shelves for my games first, then maybe something to house the consoles themselves, then get to a game table.
Originally Posted by Kaens
I do have an entertainment center plan, as part of the basement. I will be converting the understairs closet into the electronics room. Moving everything to a hidden spot directly behind the wall mounted TV and flush mounted speakers. But, we tabletop so much more than video game now, that the gaming table will be used almost weekly, for 3-6 hours each time.

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