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#1 posted 10-20-2018 02:06 PM

I offer more support for a table saw as the next significant purchase.

I use my TS almost daily. My buddy down the street has an ancient little Ryobi table saw that he keeps under a bench and hauls out from time to time. He has churned out a large number of cabinets and tables, and small pieces of furniture, and on and on with that little, seemingly outdated, table saw.

FWIW, back in the 60s-70s, maybe 80s, I believe 98% of the folks that wanted to build with wood started with one major tool – a radial arm saw from the local Sears. When you got your RAS, you were a serious woodworker!

RAS machines have lost so much of their widespread popularity due to safety issues, but really because we can now replace that by getting great little table saws, and fine and affordable miter saws.

Add in a really good handheld jig saw (aka a saber saw), a couple of modern powerful cordless drills and drivers, a router (or two!), and some decent hand tools. You will be set to do a huge number of things with wood.

When you look at crews doing home remodels, they all arrive at the project house and set up a portable table saw and a miter saw in the driveway. With that they build custom cabinets, built-in bookshelves, all the trim, and largely every other thing needed for the job. Its a really versatile tool arsenal, and you can carry it around in the back of a small SUV, so its easy to store, as well.

Additionally, welcome to Lumberjocks. You came to a good place for wood work chit chat!

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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