Fine Tuning Your Radial Arm Saw is considered the definitive authority on using radial arm saws to th of an inch precision and dead square. The entire book. Just about everybody who restores DeWalts has read Wally’s book and also a later work by Jon. Eakes on fine tuning a radial arm saw. Both books are excellent. The print edition sold out at LeeValley tools but an electronic edition is still available from Jon Eakes’ web site: saws.

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The core work surface and fence are critical — the rest are just support. Anyone with some reasonable mechanical skill can whip their saw into shape.

The first hour of each seminar was dedicated to these problems of line-up and precision. But I have a new problem – when project parts don’t fit together now, I can’t blame the machine anymore.

Radial Arm Saws

The fence directly on the work surface will be changed often either for function or too many cut points. That is not to say that it should bind, but a loose roller head is the major cause of the “running forward” feeling with most radials. Now I have two copies to look at Jon’s 70’s style mop haircut which graces the cover.!

Too much freedom here can cause the arm to pivot up or sideways or both. It is the final table surface and the final fence that should serve as reference points for alignment of the saw. That could be as easy as one snug fit and three oversized holes for the column base mounting bolts.

This has opened the door to cost effective publishing of very limited quantities of a given book, and hence the revival of out-of-print books. You can see it all with photos in a database article: Radial Arm Saw Tune-up.

Radial Arm Saws

This shifting allows you to put it in its normal position during line-up and general work, and then, when you want to get down to the business of precision, slide the fence over to a clean spot and make a nice fresh kerf cut through. You want all the tables to be in the same plane, and the fence must be perpendicular to the travel of the saw in the cross cut position.


I appreciate that most woodworkers recognize the labour that goes into the production of something, be it a chair or a book, and that they respect the copyright on this book. Tools I like — here is a random listing of tools that I think are particularly nifty, or that you may not know exist. These are usually welded in radiial, but it might be worth looking at.

Sorry for the delay! Douglas said something like “The properly configured radial arm saw is one of the finest pieces of wood working agm that you will encounter. Start by cleaning the saw. You simply need to learn and use Jon Eakes’ methods. Since when this szw was first published by Lee Valley Tools, it has been recognized as the bible for setting up and using radial arm saws in a precision fashion.

Then there was a large “mail slot” that could receive an joh wing that could be set-up in the driveway. What the book does is get your saw accurate enough that they will actually cut specific angles.

The gaping hole in the vicinity of where the blade passes through provides no backup against splinters on the back side of the cut and certainly is useless in guessing where the blade will strike the work piece. Secondly, the end product is really what counts so I don’t care if something may look out of line on the machine as long as the results of the blade passing through wood gives me the perfection I demand.

In option 1, the adjustment might make the saw table out of plane with the cabinet or table tops. Thank you for copying the link to this book, not copying the book itself or taking rip off copies found on iressponsible British or Russian sites through Google. You can’t beat the radial arm saw for precision dado’s and crosscuts Actually the table saw is very complicated to use for complicated tasks because you are always moving the wood, not the saw.

The cut is ragged and your right arm is quickly exhausted not knowing if you should draw the saw forward or hold it back.

The best copy of exkes book can be had by printing both sides on thick paper stock and then putting it into a three ring binder. An adjustment that’s too loose will allow sloppiness and side-to-side movement, which is a no-no. These forces are in fact rather minor except when ripping. Funny, when I got my radial, I got especially for precision work. I seat the pin into the column and before clamping it tight I shove the arm to the right until it comes to a full stop against the indexed pin.


Do you have 8 feet accessible on both sides of the saw at least a horizontal slot agm 5″ high — above that you can have overhanging cupboards! Your picture will show up eajes to your comment, here and elsewhere, if you sign up with Gravatar – jon.

Fine Tuning Your Radial Arm Saw

I’m trying to decide how best to extend the work area. Posted by Wood It Is! Tadial 91 of the book actually talks about table extensions, including one plan for a rwdial installation.

But with the advent of the sliding miter boxes, and the fact that few people ever used their radial arm saws as precision instruments, the use of this wonderful machine has declined. Too much tightening and you can’t raise or lower the saw that easily.

Although craft books dealing with such delicate manual tasks as dovetailing and marquetry frequently deal with the details of precision, the subject is rarely discussed when dealing with power tools. Pan Fan air filter for toilets — the smell filter that really works. Related Topics Books Saws Techniques. There are times however when something is quite unique or something simply stands out; then I like to tell you about it, even where to get it. It must be set tightly enough to effectively resist the lateral forces of the cutting action of the saw.

Smart Shopping Montreal — In this book, Sandra Phillips locates shopping bargins and nich stores but most interesting for me is the Repairman section where she has located people who fix things that would otherwise get thrown away.