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  • Bill Wilson
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    The recall is with regard to the blade guard on the saw. Old Craftsman RAS blade guards left the bottom half of the blade exposed. The new guard has floating panels that cover the bottom of the blade. In order to make this new guard work, the table needs reconfigured to move the fence further toward the user, so they also send you parts to replace the table.

    I got the recall kit for my Craftsman RAS several years ago. I hated the new guard. It was clumsy and awkward to use, so I put the original one back on. I also didn't like the fact that I now sacrificed a couple inches of capacity on crosscuts, so I simply modified the new table somewhat and put the fence back in the original position. The "new & improved" blade guard is laying in a box somewhere collecting dust. I did get a new table out of the deal, which I needed badly, so I was happy.

    If you choose not to perform the upgrade, you can still be eligible to receive a $100 rebate instead. I think you have to remove the motor and send it in to prove you have disabled the saw though.

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  • cpowell
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    Holy Cow! I'll be checking that out as soon as I can find some numbers on it. Thanks!

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  • mtnman
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    Check out this web site when you have your model # & Serial # for your Craftsman radial arm saw. There is a recall for many of the saws made from 1958 to 1992 . The old saw I inherited was eligible and I got a pile of new parts to make it safer to use and somewhat more accurate. And I've heard that others have taken the $100 cash. All I had to do was enter my #s on the web site and fill in my name & address.

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  • cpowell
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    I just checked and it was Glade Fade to whom I owe the thanks for the center punch idea. Thanks Glade, it didn't work exactly but it was close enough that I took another idea at it and that worked!

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  • journeyman
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    Old tools never die. They just lay there patiently, waitng for a helping hand to get them going again. Well done, hope the frame making goes well for you. I'm pretty useless at frame making. Maybe I ought to take a leaf outa your book and tweek my compound cut saw up a bit.
    Mick

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  • sawman101
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    Miters shouldn't be hard, but even with everything as it should be, my saw cuts were not perfect. When I placed the 2 45 degree cut pieces together, there was a gap. ????? Then I realized I had a glue line rip blade mounted in my table saw. Switched to a combination blade and my frames lined up as they should. I am now sure to have the correct blade mounted before making sawdust. A rip blade will not cut true in any cross cutting angle.

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  • Stoney
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    Cutting accurate miters on the best of equipment sometimes requires some

    tweaking. A fraction of a degree off and the joints will not fit properly. A sharp

    blade is a must. Also in the case of frame making the two parallel members have

    to be exactly the same length. Making frames is one task that requires patience,

    persistance, and accuracy. Good luck!!! You can do this.

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  • cpowell
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    Success!!!

    Perseverance pays off, I guess.

    Now I can't remember who to thank but it was suggested that I use a center punch on that miter guide to spread it out a little. I remembered this morning and gave it a try. It didn't work out so well because either I wasn't hitting it hard enough or there was just too much spring in the table for it to work. I took it out and put it on the cement and gave it a few whacks. It spread right out, yes, I tried it after each whack.
    Anyway now it works great and I thought I would post a couple of pics just to prove I had figured it out. Especially after all the complaining I've done on here.
    Thanks everyone for their input!!!
    Attached Files

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  • Rolf
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    I recently bought a new Kreg miter gauge I also Have an Incra miter gauge both have adjustments for slop in the tracks. I really like the Kreg with the pins at critical angles.
    You also have to make sure that your blade is parallel to the miter slot.
    Kreg™ Precision Miter Gauge System - Rockler Woodworking Tools

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  • cpowell
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    The Ryobi slop is in their miter guide, not the saw itself; it cuts perfect. My complaint about it is that the runner is much thinner than the slot and allows the guide to angle. Today I'll try the idea with the center punch and see if that would help.
    I know that I'll eventually have to break down and buy a miter saw but for now I can't afford it. Even at Harbor Freight. ha ha
    It's also a challenge for me and keeps me busy while my wife catches up with her staining and prettying up what I have already cut.

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  • evilbadger
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    Glad you got the radial arm saw working again. If you have 5 degrees of slop in the new saw then something has to be wrong with it. You said you made a sled did you make your own runner to fit the miter slot on the table? A sled when made properly should give you excellent results. I'm not a big fan of Ryobi tools because of all the slop they allow but 5 degrees on a table saw seems kind of excessive. I agree with Don a compound miter saw is the saw I usually go with for making frames. The router can be used also but the setup can sometimes try your patience.

    The most important thing is you are trying and learning from your mistakes. Keep having fun and eventually you will get a perfect frame.

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  • tdub4ever
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    A good investment for me was a dual bevel miter saw. I have yet to have any problems making frames or shadow boxes. Perfect cut every time! Don

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  • cpowell
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    Yeah, I really want to learn to make my own frames. I'm stilll trying to get it right. I'm almost, but not exactly there. Making lots of kindling though.
    I'll give that punch tip a try. I'd really like to use the new saw but there are about 5 degrees slop in it which means it could be 5 degrees one way on one end and 5 in the other. I keep trying but boy, have I learned a bunch this past 6 months!

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  • Wood Dog
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    Well I guess you really wanted to make that picture frame.......persistence paid off for ya. Good job.
    @ Bill.........thanks for sharing that punch tip.

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  • GladeFade
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    I fixed the slop in mine by taking a center punch and making a series of punches down the side of the tongue of the miter gage. Then if it was too much I hit the punch spot with a file lightly. It is now nice and tight in the slot.
    Bill

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