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Thread: New Table for my RAS

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV

    New Table for my RAS

    So spent a little time getting a new table built for the RAS I inherited from my FIL. The old table and stand were just way to huge for me to use. Oddly enough I did end up mimicing the fence clamp system he had done, only I just kind of updated it a little bit.

    The old table had the front and rear tables fixed in position, and the fence was clamped in place using wedges.
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    Bottom View. I used some square iron tube to fix the front and back tables in place. The flat iron strips are what came with the saw and the table and these ride on the table height adjusters.
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    Top view. The table is 2 layers of MDF glued together and banded with poplar. The poplar is proud of the surface, because I'm using 1/4" melamine as a sacrificial table top.
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    These Three pictures show the front and back end of the fence clamping system. I cut a 1/4 slot through the MDF before I glued it up to give me a channel to run some 1/4-20 all-thread. On the fence side, I set a threaded insert into the back table and snugged up a brass acorn nut on the end of the all thread. On the back side, I used a nut and a wing nut to make it into a really long thumb screw.
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    Front and rear view of the table with the sacrificial tops and a temporary fence.
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    And here is the table attached to the saw.
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    Next step is to get the cabinet it will sit on built. Made some progress on that today, but that will be in a separate post. Thanks for looking!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Great idea Brent
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    Mar 2008
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  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Well done!
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  5. #5
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    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Very neat Brent, makes the saw look new.

  6. #6
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    Mar 2007
    Escondido, CA
    Now I know what is before me with my RAS find. Thanks, Brent.

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  7. #7
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    May 2009
    Poway, CA, near San Diego
    Nice job. However, there's not much room for your left hand to hold the stock. I think you're going to wish it was a little wider.


  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Bob, I've got 8 feet of space to the left of the table where I'm going to put a 'bridge' for stock support with a flip stop type measuring device on the fence...

    I'll post that up once I finish the cabinet its going to sit on...

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