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Save saw table wear and tear with a stopblock

Save saw table wear and tear with a stopblock

You often don't notice until it's too late. After repeatedly raising and lowering the blade of your radial-arm saw, you've cut a deep kerf into the top of the table and practically ruined it. Solution?

Before you chew up your table, lower the blade to the correct depth, about 1/8" below the surface of the table. Then, tape a wooden block to the column of your radial-arm saw as shown in the drawing at right. Now, whenever you raise and lower the blade, the block will prevent the blade from digging deeper into the table.

-- from the WOOD® magazine shop

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Comments (8)
ZekFussel wrote:

Since my rad arm does not have the big key as illustrated made a quick removal collar that fits around tube Can be tightened any place for stops I uses a 3"w x 6" dovetail replaceable insert in the plyw subtop just under the blade straight travel Remove fence install from rear DON"T CUT THUR IT Also have quick removal stop on arm travel

2/10/2011 08:41:27 PM Report Abuse
jw782 wrote:

What a great idea. I find reading other comments from woodworkers are/have been a great source of interesting ideas.

2/3/2011 12:40:50 PM Report Abuse
reffi wrote:

If you use blades of different diameters, (i.e., a dado set)the stop block would have to be removed and then the process gone through again when the next blade was mounted.

8/4/2010 04:50:52 PM Report Abuse
still learning wrote:

When my saw kerf gets to deep, or too wide, I just fill it in with Bondo (or as we used to call it, "Bowdee Poedee"). It sets up quickly and gives me a smooth and hard surface to start all over with.

7/29/2010 10:40:07 PM Report Abuse
wdchip wrote:

Who called it a table saw??? The table of a radial arm saw is mentioned several times. Anyway, dyslectic atheists don't believe in doG.

7/29/2010 01:45:22 PM Report Abuse
jimboo524 wrote:

Jim Neri I think it's a great idea. I'm in my shop now and that will be the first thing on my agenda. Thanks

7/29/2010 12:33:05 PM Report Abuse
reczek2000 wrote:

Good idea. I'll be adding one to my saw today. Thanks

7/29/2010 11:32:14 AM Report Abuse
jlh120744 wrote:

Sometimes, one calls this a "radial arm" saw, rather than a table saw

7/29/2010 11:10:32 AM Report Abuse

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