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#1 posted 08-06-2016 05:14 PM

packetsmacker,

The table saw excels at producing long straight cuts with relative smooth cut lines without much setup time. But I do not think the table saw is a must have tool, especially in your limited space. But the ability to make long straight cuts is a capability you may want to retain. Perhaps a bandsaw could replace the table saw if the bandsaw is on castors and would take up less floor space than your table saw. If properly tuned with a sharp blade, it will produce those long straight cuts and even cross cuts but with mostly ragged cut surfaces. Dados and rabbets could be cut with hand planes or a router. A track saw can breakdown sheet goods. Giving up the table saw and foregoing the bandsaw option would probably mean some lumber that could have otherwise been used for a project would go to the scrap pile.


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