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08-06-2018 04:50 PM

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Hello every one,
I am new here i am just starting to get interested in wood working and planning my first project which will be a desk made out of hard wood not sure what type of wood yet the desk will be 96 inches by 32 inches i am currently trying to figure out a good table saw too buy with out breaking the bank that will be able to handle wood longer then 96 inches to ensure clean cuts any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 06:33 PM

There no limitation on the length of wood you can cut on a table saw, the limitation comes from what length of wood the out feed table can handle. Make yours to match the length of wood you cut.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 10:43 PM

Matt, there are so many questions that you need to answer before purchasing a table saw. How will you clean up the edges of the wood after cutting them with the TS? How will you join them together? How will you keep them flat while gluing them together? How will you support a desk top of that size without it sagging? How will you move it from your shop to its home? How will you attach the legs to the top? Will this be a double pedestal desk? How will you make the drawers? What stock to use for the secondary wood? Etc? I suggest you purchase a book that will guide you through the process. Here is one. Finally, woodworking is inherently dangerous. Be sure that you read, understand and follow all the safety rules that come with your power tools. Knowing how to use your power tools PROPERLY will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. Good luck!

-- Art

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#3 posted 08-07-2018 12:43 AM

1) educate yourself on all the major tools and safety surrounding them.
2) use common sense as much as possible. Never get complacent with a tool.
3) what tools do you currently have?
4) what’s your budget?
5) how often do you think you’ll be woodworking? like weekend warrior, everyday, or whenever possible?

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#4 posted 08-07-2018 02:03 AM

I’m with everyone else study up on what you want and how to build it. What kind of space do you have? I started with a craftsman contractor saw it was straight junk. I have plenty of space and was just being cheap. I have a craftsman zipcode hybrid tablesaw and it’s great it has only bogged down when cutting 12/4 oak. So get what you can for the space you have.

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#5 posted 08-07-2018 02:05 AM

Art, i will defiantly order that book and give it a read.
as for keeping the boards flat i have a pair of saw horses and i was going to get a second pair to have a large enough area to keep the boards flat and supported while gluing.
the table top will be moved by hand i have about 180sgft of work space i can turn into a shop and the final home for the desk is my office right next too the storage space i will be building in.
i haven’t decided on legs yet but i believe i will be going with steel legs that will be screwed to the underside of the top. I am not planning any drawers but i am planing a small shelf on the top and a small shelf on the bottom for hiding a power brick and cables. attached to the underside of the desk.
i dont have many tools at the moment i have 2 cordless drills a cordless circular saw a reciprocating saw and a brad nailer. from what i understand i will need a table saw a router/router table a sander of some type and 8 to 10 clamps for the glue up.
and sagging is a big concern as i will have a fair amount of computer hardware and monitors on this desk so i have not figured out my legs or support yet.
and @Rayne I dont have a budget yet but my wife will kill me if i spend too much lol and will probably be a weekend warrior there is alot of stuff i need to fix around the house and lots of projects after i build this desk

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#6 posted 08-07-2018 03:31 AM

I suggest watching some videos from Steve Ramsey of Woodworking for Mere Mortals. All of his earlier videos (everything pre-2017) are for the beginners with limited tools that will help out tremendously for you. He’s the reason I really got into woodworking and made it fun.

As for some tools, I would suggest looking at craigslist and be vigilant. Since we don’t know your budget (wife-approved level), it’s hard to make recommendations. I hounded my CL for a while and got some great deals on a planer, jointer, and a drill press. Good luck on your venture.

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#7 posted 08-07-2018 12:56 PM

Before buying some machine, look at the videos of Paul Sellers .

Then decide if you want to work mainly by hand or not.

You can do practically everything by hand as long as you use real wood and no MDF or OSB.
Limited use of plywood with hand tools because it is hard on the cutting edges.

If you go the handwork route, a thicknesser and a band saw might nevertheless spare you some less interesting work.

In any case, some handwork is always necessary.

If you have to redo the kitchen by yourself “for before yesterday”, machining is the way to go.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#8 posted 08-07-2018 05:38 PM

Check out before you go too far down the road. It will help you during the design phase of this and many future projects.

I also endorse Paul Sellers videos for hand work. While not as fast as machines, it is certainly a more pleasant way to spend time in the shop and the mistakes happen much slower.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#9 posted 08-07-2018 06:02 PM

Would putting legs like so and put in a small shelf be a good way to prevent sag?

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