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Re: UPDATE: A Lesson Plan for Wood Turning by James Rodgers

I have a couple people who want me to teach them to turn. This would be very useful.

Re: Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

Could someone clarify the danger of the RAS? I use mine for crosscut operations only. I always keep my free hand away from the path of the blade. My body is beyond the end of the arm where the blade has to stop. I admit the couple of times it has grabbed the wood it is a bit scary, but the blade just stalls. It may advance along the carriage some, but if my hands are out of the way it seems like there is no possibility for injury.

Where is there more danger than using my table saw?

Not trying to open a can of worms, but I never felt in any more danger using the RAS than when I use my table saw. Just curious if I am missing something.


Re: Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

Hey avanabs, I make my sawdust in Barrington, NH. Whereabouts are you?

Re: Is the Radial Arm Saw on its Last Legs?

I bought my Craftsmen RA saw in 86 when we were building our house. It was the perfect tool for cutting siding and other long boards. Even used it for dadoes and occasionally ripping boards. It is now in my shop along with my cabinet saw, and is still my go-to tool for cross-cutting large pieces. After a hard life as a construction tool, it takes some time to get it aligned perfectly, but once in, it stays in line. I guess a good chop saw could replace it, but I would miss its 14" cutting capability and the depth of cut adjustment. Until it dies or the accuracy goes, it will be used on nearly every project I work on.

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