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Well, it's extinct as far as I'm concerned.
As an owner of three of them, in the past, I can tell you this. I won't give the precious floor space to another one. I've given the RAS all the money, time and material I can.
Imprecise and cranky, dangerous, too, it just doesn't compare well with other saws. Not even the ShopSmith.
The maintenance factor alone makes it a poor competitor. I just don't want to have to check a saw every time I use it to see what else has slipped out of square or gone loose.
I find my stationary cabinet saw is rock solid and even when I check it, rarely, it's still square and parallel, and needs only cleaning and lubrication.
Is the Radial Arm Saw extinct?
I hope so.
Don "Dances with Wood" Butler
I have great respect for FWW's publications.
So, I'd really like to have this book.
As sometimes happens, my eye slipped right past the word "shift", probably because I thought I knew what I was doing.
Thanks for your help, as usual.
Ummm - For some reason that isn't working for me.
After creating the component and copying it so they abut one another, I open each component for editing and use the erase tool with the control key on each seam line. When I'm all done the seams are visible just as they were when I started.
I was going to show you a drawing, but I don't see how to do it here.
I was able to follow your clear instructions, all except the part about making it look continuous.
Instead, I expoded all the bits and intersected them, Erasing lines was then easy.
What did I miss in the instructions? I wasn't getting it right, I guess.
I've noticed a curious thing. If I'm not logged on the images in the article don't show.
Another thing is Shape Bender.
I followed the link and, for the life of me, can't download it.
Where's the download link?
By the way, nice tut.
That infeed support wouldn't hold for a second if it was needed for support of a sheet of plywood.
Either it should be supported by a leg or it should be eliminated, because the whole extension rig could be popped off the rip fence in a heart beat without it.
I prefer to break 4x8 sheets down with a guided circular saw.
Matt said: "but what in particular would you like to know about them?"
Materials dimensions, sources, video demonstration of the steps in building, - EVERYTHING!
Matt said:"They weren't hard to make. I basically used the Krenov method and it only took me about 1 hour to get the pair done."
What's the Krenov method? I don't know what that is.
These are neat planes and it would be great to know more about them.
Did you make one to do the drawer bottom groove and the other to make a rabbet on the edge? I sort of looks like that in the photo.
So much to learn! So little time!
Don Butler, working wood in Waterford, PA
Thanks for this video demonstration. When I originally installed shape bender much difficulty was experienced. Your step by step demo got me going on the right track.
Thanks, once again.
I heartily endorse your view, continuous use of SketchUp is essential. I learned to use SU, after a fashion, by watching the many video demonstrations available online, and through everyday practice. The demonstrations helped a lot, but without the daily practice I would never have achieved the abilities that I did.
I add this, without contributors like you and Dave, I would be stuck at a much lower level.
However, complications in my life kept me from using SU for a while, and I found myself struggling.
Yes, one must continue to keep the skills learned at a fine hone!
ps. I tried to find your domain, killenwood, but the 'web doesn't seem to have such an address.
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