All about the radial arm saw

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As a petite lady, I’ve always been absolutely petrified of a common, versatile, but big and dangerous woodshop tool called the radial arm saw. My art school woodshop had one of these monsters, and the shock-and-awe-type safety demonstrations from our burly shop manager had me nervous around the thing even when it was off, and scared for the operator when I heard the unmistakable 60dB sound off in the distance. I’ve still never used one, but reading Phil B’s guide showed me it can do a lot more than cross and rip cuts. He uses his for grinding, sanding, drilling, making moulding, and cove cuts for making bowls.


Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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