Radial-arm Saws (aka Radial Saws) can be one of the most versatile tools in your shop, but also often turns out to be the least used. The Radial-Arm Saw can replaced the job of other saws, but if you have those saws the Radial-arm Saw often becomes redundant.
Tool School: Radial Arm Saws
If for some unknown reason, you had to pick only one stationary power tool for your workshop, a radial arm saw would be the wise choice. No other stationary power tool can perform as many chores. Woodworking consists of six basic cuts; crosscutting, bevel crosscutting, ripping, bevel ripping, mitering and bevel mitering.
Radial Arm Saw
Making a locker shelf with a radial arm saw is a very easy project and great for the beginning student. A locker shelf can help you organize your locker better and get more storage space. A radial arm saw can help you cut one set, or help you cut many locker shelves.
Radial Saws tend to be one of the most under-appreciated of woodworking machines which is disheartening, considering how versatile they are in the range of operations and tasks they are able to perform. While they may be on the pricier end of the scale, and they do tend to be both heavy and not typically fit to carry around easily. As a result, they are used mostly in professional shops where portability isn’t a priority.
Radial Arm Saws
A radial arm saw basically consists of a motor (rather like a hand-held circular saw) suspended from a long arm, in a yoke, which allows multiple degrees of rotation for the motor assembly. The motor assembly connects to the overhead arm by a carriage assembly that traverses the arm’s length when manually pulled by the operator. All parts of this assembly may be locked into particular positions as desired by the user.
Radial saws are circular saws that cut downward, either with or against the wood grain (rip or crosscut). Radial saws have features that make them more versatile than table saws. The saw arm can be raised and lowered and swung from side to side to adjust the depth and horizontal angle of the cut. The blade can also be replaced with shaping cutters, disks, or drum sanders and other accessories.
Projects for Radial Arm Saws
A radial arm saw is basically a circular saw that has been mounted on an overhead, or radial, arm affixed to a table. The arm can be adjusted for miter cuts, or raised and lowered for precise depth cutting. Additionally, the saw can be set at a bevel just as though it were a circular saw, allowing the user to make compound miter cuts. The possibilities of what you can do with a radial arm saw are endless, and the adjustable nature of the saw makes it an excellent choice for making a lot of small, precise cuts.
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