I was looking at my RAS the other day and thought, "there sure is alot of wasted space under that thing". So, i commenced to design a cabinet upon which to mount the machine instead of the leg set and huc-u-lift it is now on. Every thing is working out fine. It will be on casters and roll back nicely into a "nook" in the workbench. There is plenty of storage in the cabinet for sawblades, dados, etc. However, I am making the cabinet deeper then the original metal base under the cutting table. This means that I have to extend the rod and crank mechanism about 5 or 6 inches forward to protrude beyond the front of the cabinet. Anyone have any ideas regarding this extension? I have thought about making a sleeve and brazing/welding the extension and sleeve onto the original shaft, and fitting a bearing of some sort into the face of the cabinet through which this extencion will fit. But, if I braze/weld this mechanism, It will be difficult to dismantle in the future. I'm open for suggestions...unless someone out there want to make something and send it to me. I look forward to advise.
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