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My photo shows a fingertip injury I sustained from my table saw (not my first one - I needed 11 stitches last time). Please be careful out there!
  • JohntheDad commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw1 month ago
    Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw

    Hey Phil,I really appreciate all the advice. I will probably keep asking! Something extraordinary happened yesterday - a guy in my city put a Craftsman RAS up for sale on Craigslist, and it happens to be the exact model I have. It has a motor that runs great, but some other parts that are missing. Best of all, he's asking a very reasonable price. I'm picking it up this afternoon. So now I'll be able to re-build a really good saw from two old ones! Sometimes things line up just right, don't they?Also, I'll have parts left over, so I should probably link up with the other member you mentioned. Have a great weekend!

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  • JohntheDad commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw1 month ago
    Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw

    I agree the recall is kinda dumb. I worked on it some more last night and concluded a rewind is necessary. I think I'll take your advice and keep the motor in the yoke. The stator coils can be removed from the motor housing for rewinding. I'll let you know how it turns out.Thanks for the advice - I'll probably have more questions as this projects goes on... Here's the beast. Note the light switch bodged in for the power switch!

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  • JohntheDad commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw1 month ago
    Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw

    Thanks for the reply, Phil. I'd love not to remove the motor, but I'm thinking about giving it a coat of paint, and the yoke as well. I can skip it if it's too much trouble. What I'm more concerned about is whether I need to take it to a motor shop. At the moment I'm having trouble getting it going. I've replaced the capacitor but it still turns slowly. Problem is, the previous owner removed the thermal protection switch and just twisted the remaining wires together. It's all a jumble now and I'm trying to sort out which wires go to the main winding, which to the aux winding, etc. Even it I get it sorted out, I may find it necessary to re-wind the motor (there is an armature shop nearby I trust). At that point I'll need to remove it from the yoke, etc.... BTW if you have any i...see more »Thanks for the reply, Phil. I'd love not to remove the motor, but I'm thinking about giving it a coat of paint, and the yoke as well. I can skip it if it's too much trouble. What I'm more concerned about is whether I need to take it to a motor shop. At the moment I'm having trouble getting it going. I've replaced the capacitor but it still turns slowly. Problem is, the previous owner removed the thermal protection switch and just twisted the remaining wires together. It's all a jumble now and I'm trying to sort out which wires go to the main winding, which to the aux winding, etc. Even it I get it sorted out, I may find it necessary to re-wind the motor (there is an armature shop nearby I trust). At that point I'll need to remove it from the yoke, etc.... BTW if you have any info that can help me sorting out the wiring I'd appreciate it.Alternately, I may just apply for the $100 rebate it this is too much trouble.

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  • JohntheDad commented on Phil B's instructable Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw1 month ago
    Setting Up a Radial Arm Saw

    Phil,Thanks so much for your postings related to RAS machines. I recently bought a 1967 vintage that stood in a barn for about 20 years. I hope to restore it (being an optimist!) and use it in my woodshop. Question: I am trying to remove the motor from the yoke. I can get the handle-side disengaged easily, but I can't seem to remove the mounting bushing on the opposite side. Do I just bend the yoke outwards? I don't want to break it. I'd appreciate any advice you can give.JohntheDad, Texas

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  • JohntheDad commented on killerjackalope's instructable Dinosaur Coat hooks8 months ago
    Dinosaur Coat hooks

    Absolutely brilliant! Well done instructable with funny descriptions! I'm gonna make one!

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  • JohntheDad commented on katvanlew's instructable Chair Seat Cover8 months ago
    Chair Seat Cover

    Great instructable. I happen to have the identical chair, which belonged to my grandmother. Your photos brought to mind a bittersweet memory.I recently replaced the plywood seat on that chair, and found under the upholstery a note left by my dad when he re-covered the chair in 1992. The note said "What did you expect to find, money?" Hilarious, just like my dad. What's poignant about the story is my dad passed away in 2002, so it was like a time capsule - him reaching out and touching me after so many years. My mom cried when I told her about it.So I added the words, "Here it is" to the note, signed it and dated it, and placed a dollar in amongst the coverings, then replaced and reupholstered the chair. Maybe someone in the future will find my time capsule. T...see more »Great instructable. I happen to have the identical chair, which belonged to my grandmother. Your photos brought to mind a bittersweet memory.I recently replaced the plywood seat on that chair, and found under the upholstery a note left by my dad when he re-covered the chair in 1992. The note said "What did you expect to find, money?" Hilarious, just like my dad. What's poignant about the story is my dad passed away in 2002, so it was like a time capsule - him reaching out and touching me after so many years. My mom cried when I told her about it.So I added the words, "Here it is" to the note, signed it and dated it, and placed a dollar in amongst the coverings, then replaced and reupholstered the chair. Maybe someone in the future will find my time capsule. Thanks for the memories!

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