Torque Arms

A second arm on the Torque Workcentre would be pretty cool, but given the amount of mechanism involved, it isn’t light on the pocket.  Ideal for those who have the space, and the funds.

I can’t take credit for the following idea – another Torque Workcentre (TWC) owner (Dennis) proposed this idea at the last wood show, and it sounded like a superb work around.  Given I also have a Router Master (or what I call the Torque Workcentre with contractor’s base), I had a spare post and 600mm arm, and the idea is to have it fitted to one end of the TWC so it can become a radial arm saw.

I first measured out where I wanted it to fit, so both the bolt under the vertical post misses the end cross member of the TWC base, and so the base of the upright could use it for support and be secured to it.

Choosing Arm Placement

I started running through my options for how to cut through the aluminium and MDF, without having to take everything apart.  Tried the Triton SpinSaw (oversized rotary tool), but the cutter did not like the job.  Would have tried a jigsaw, but didn’t have a suitable blade.  Feeling a bit stuck I went searching deeper into the cupboard, and came across the blade for the oscillating cutter of the Worx Sonicrafter.  Perfect.  I didn’t have the ideal blade for the job, but what I had worked anyway.

Cutting Method

It took a bit longer without the right blade, but the resulting cuts were very neat, and the unwanted material removed easily.

Material Removed

With the corner cut away, I marked and drilled holes for the high tensile bolts that I intended to use to hold the assembly in place.  Getting the nuts on within the RHS would have been tricky, except for the use of a screwdriver and some BluTac.  I realised after the fact that I had left off a fence section, but getting the channel-running ‘nut’ in place would be very difficult…

MagSwitch to the Rescue

….except I had MagSwitch to help.  It held the tapped rectangular section up sufficiently for the fence hold-down bolt to engage.

2nd Arm Fitted

Now with both arms fitted (one free to move, the other fixed, but still able to swing), the Torque has taken another development step forward.  And is all reversible.

Radial Arm Saw

My intention for the second arm is to use it primarily as a radial arm saw.  There are occasions when it can get in the way of the primary arm, but it can be swung out of the way,

Easy Removal and Replacement

or have the whole carriage removed quickly when necessary (such as moving the saw to the other arm).  Worst case scenario, this assembly can always be unbolted from the TWC.

Saw in Use

My primary use will be crosscutting long lengths, using a Triton Multistand for outfeed support. So that there is a fence behind the material being cut, I simply use the Walko surface clamps – again proving to be the perfect tool.  Crosscutting this long post was easy, so the first test cuts went without a hitch.

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