Pin-Router Adaptation for Radial-Arm Saw
You can easily convert a radial-arm saw to a pin router. This tool will open up a whole new world of operations, and make many familiar tasks, such as rabbeting for bookshelves or cutting mortises and slots, much easier.
To convert my Sears 10-in. saw, I merely duplicated on the lathe, in rock maple, the saw-motor attachment plug where it fits the motor support arm. I laminated the ring assembly that holds the router from plywood. Then I glued and bolted together the laminated rings and the maple plug to form a single unit. Details of this fixture would vary to suit the saw/router combination. For specifics about setting up the pin and using templates, see Fine Woodworking #29, pp. 63-65. Also, if the setup is combined with a machinists’ dual-feed rotary table to hold and move the work, very precise work is possible.
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