Thanks to your help in a previous post regarding bearing adjustments
on a Craftsman RAS, I have a nice new (old) RAS that's running like a
champ. Now I want to give it a nice home. I have one wall in my shop
that I could clear out for a full size RAS station with 6 foot on each
side... but I've always wanted to have a similar station for my chop
saw too. So I'm thinking of putting them both on the same station...
next to each other.
Before saying that I should be able to put my chop saw away for good
now that I have a RAS, keep in mind that the RAS is an older model and
doesn't give me the ability to adjust for angles as easily as the
miter, so I would like to keep the miter around (and would probably
continue to use it more often than the radial).
My question is, does anyone see a drawback to this idea? Assumng the
rails are perfectly aligned and there is enough space between the saws
for full range of motion, I really can't see a problem. Am I missing
Also, does anyone have a picture of a similar project?
I have my chopsaw right next to my RAS also. I built some storage
cabinets around the chopsaw and dropped the level of the chopsaw so
that the base was level with the bench. The RAS is also level with the
bench (my RAS is to the right of the CS).
This has worked out fairly well for me. I had intended to dado in an
extension fence along the top of the cabinets (melamine top), but when
I thought about that, I didn't do it since it would have eliminated a
lot of useful workspace. It is great for supporting long stock, even
without the extra fence.
Also, since the RAS sticks out maybe 30 inches or so, wood that I had
set for cutting would be obstructed by the CS, so I made the CS station
deep enough so that I could push it back (toward the wall) out of the
way. You CS may not have this problem (I have a Makita).
All in all, I think this is a pretty good idea with no obvious
I knew I was missing something obvious (although clearly not a deal
breaker). I'll be sure to make the miter saw (re)movable when I
design this. I like the sliding back idea.
Thanks fo pointing that out guys,
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