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Location: Cedar Rapids, IA

New to woodworking. Very new.

The foundation of my "shop" is a Makita 2705, it's pretty nice. And scary, considering this is the first table saw I've ever owned. Or used. Ever. I also say "shop" because all I have is a small work area in my basement (about 6x6) that I can woodwork. So, please don't complain about your "small 12x12 shop"...

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#1 posted 03-26-2014 11:31 PM

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 05:42 PM

Good call on getting your table saw first. The table saw is probably the most versatile tool you will have in your shop. It will do so many jobs, which is awesome for you considering your kinda tool challenged at the moment. By adding some inexpensive home made jigs, you can use it to mimic other tools you don’t have yet. You can use it for jointing, dado’s, all sorts of joints, including tenons and dovetails, yes you can do dovetails on a table saw with a simple jig. If I was in your position and was setting up my shop for the first time. I would probably get a shop vac next since you are worried about dust you can connect it to your table saw and do an inexpensive upgrade and make it a two stage system. Also you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your shop up and running. Buy the best tool you can afford, just do your research, harbor freight, believe it or not do have some good power tools like 2hp dust collector their lathes are pretty good too. When you go to make your next purchase, which will probably sooner rater than later, try for a router table. Skill have a good little bench top model at lowes and the legs fold up so you can store it when not in use. All your tools will bench top tools because of your space restrictions. Unfortunately in my opinion hand tools are the only place you cant skimp on. Cheap hand tools usually end up in the trash. Try craigs list and yard sales I have found a couple of decent hand plane at yard sales. If you ever have any questions drop me a line I would be happy to help.

-- The City Woodworker

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