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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Fine Tuning Your Radial Arm Saw

Since then a few people every week ask for the book — so here it is available as a download pdf for purchase. The one publishing bug is that the layout was designed for left and right pages odd pages on the right, even pages on the left as in a book, rather than consecutive pages out of your printer.

Still, I only called Delta’s tech support line twice. When a screw drive is used in any machine there is always slack between the screw threads and the nut threads.

Radial Arm Saws

The biggest problem I ran into is that the book is that he focuses on three specific saws – none of which were my brand. Now I have fakes copies to look at Jon’s 70’s style mop haircut which graces the cover.! I not only wiped it down with ammonia, but raised and lowered the column several times to get all the grunge off of it. To try and tighten it so that it would be impossible to move would rapidly wear the cam parts or break a pivot somewhere along the linkage.

It’s a aekes of clean back-up and eliminating vibration between the wood and the table as with my “fence hold-down” jig. The radial arm saw has to be one of my favorite of all shop woodworking tools. If turning is done only ar one direction you will be sitting firmly on the end point of slack all the way and depth adjustments can easily be made to th of an inch if the column is sliding smoothly and firmly by simply watching the crank handle position. Vibrations in the machine will mean a clattering contact between the cutting edge and the wood.


Then there was a large “mail slot” that could receive an extension wing that could be set-up in the driveway. The three options are: 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. Table saw depth adjustments are locked by friction. Growing up with one,and being the first power saw I used as a teen my father had one always set up in the basement most likely had an impact on my opinion. Remember the critical fence is about eakees feet each side of the blade — the rest is just support for weight.

That could be as easy as one snug fit and three oversized holes for the column base mounting bolts. You can also see jigs in action in a miter saw — same concept as on the radial arm saw — in the Learning Curve tab: The best of the no-slip under-soles for walking on ice.

The prime example is the arm to column clamp the miter clamp.

Whereas bolts and pins lock things absolutely into position, friction clamps hold them “positively”. 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 eaes this book.

Fine Tuning Your Radial Arm Saw – Jon Eakes – Google Books

Equally important is that when the wood moves, it too must move firmly and smoothly that is why I include hold-downs as part of the fine tuning of a radial arm saw. The use of sandpaper in certain circumstances can help to achieve positive clamping without undue pressure as is explained when considering the sandpaper miter fence and the wooden feather boards. In option 1, the adjustment might make the saw table out of plane with the cabinet or table tops.

This means that within its actual cutting capacities it will be twice as precise as can possibly be measured with metal squares. Do you have 8 feet accessible on both sides zrm the saw at least a horizontal slot about 5″ high — above that you can have overhanging cupboards! An adjustment that’s too loose will allow sloppiness and side-to-side movement, which is a no-no.

Few ark ever learned to use a radial arm saw in a precise manner — so they blamed the saw — thinking that the table saw was easier to use.

Your picture will show up next to your comment, here and elsewhere, if you sign up with Gravatar – jon. The arn will understand all the adjustments on the machine, and most importantly, how these adjustments interact which each other The fence directly on the work surface will be changed often either for function or too many cut points.


What are your thoughts? We want firm and smooth. Remember that the “best buy” and the “best product” are not always the same thing. Posted by Wood It Is! My Craftsman 10″ machine has never performed better. What you want is flat with straight edges. The radial arm saw relies on friction all over. Hi Neil, Most people only used radial arm saws as a cut-off saw and when the sliding miter boxes came out with their extended reach, they filled that need easier and cheaper.

There are two reasons for using wood cuts, not metal squares, as the fine tuning instruments for a radial arm saw. Eakes, Thanks for an excellent download, it’s very helpful. Hi Jon I need some help to do crown moulding against the fence and laying down does your book show how to do this. This book is the necessary companion to all other information on your radial-arm saw and I like to think that it is helping craftsmen everywhere to keep their solid old saws working.

An Underwater Glue that really works. Related Topics Books Saws Techniques. It doesn’t matter if a jointer, for example, looks good. The book lays out some basic procedures for getting a radial arm saw back into shape, and if you follow the directions step by step, it’s really not too difficult.

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.

On my saw, it’s accomplished by loosening several locking nuts and set screws, and then adjusting the two big bolts on the back of the column.

That was then, this is now. I want a hard copy. Although craft books dealing with such delicate manual tasks as dovetailing and marquetry frequently deal with the details of precision, the subject rwdial rarely discussed when dealing with power tools. An electronic book is easy to copy and pass around, or even post on the web.