Okay, I just got my first table saw. It’s new to me, but it’s a used saw. Picked up a Craftsman 113.299040 (Manual: http://www.managemylife.com/mmh/lis_pdf/OWNM/L0711121.pdf) for $175. Runs smooth and quiet. Looks clean but used.
I use to work with my Dad in his workshop in the basement a couple decades ago (well, more like a quarter century ago) so woodworking is nothing new, but ‘table saw’ is. Dad has a Craftsman radial arm saw. He got his in the mid-70’s, maybe a couple years before the saw I just bought was made. So, all of my saw experience is with the radial arm saw rather than a table saw. I’ve been paying attention to the trade rags and techniques and such posted online, but there’s no substitution to experience. Hopefully I’ll absorb quickly.
Now I need to clear out my garage and pick my first project, probably something so’s I’ll be able to clear out the garage.
-- I'm looking forward to regretting this.