I’m terrified of table saws. Not many woodworkers will admit it, but I am. I know that, if used properly, they’re no more dangerous than any other tool…but I have ADHD and am far more likely to slip up than most folks.
Of course, that didn’t stop me from buying one.
Let me start at the beginning of my tale. You see, while I’m working out my notice, one of my co-workers is working out hers as well. Her husband is a truck driver. For the last couple of years, he has been teaching, but wasn’t really happy. He loved spending time with his wife, but hated the 9-5 grind of instructing. He somehow managed to talk his wife, my co-worker, into joining him on the road and for her to get her CDL so they could team drive.
As a result, they know they won’t be home very much and have decided to liquidate a great quantity of things they have. Two things in particular caught my eye. One was a bench top drill press and a Craftsman job site table saw. As I’m leaving the security of employment and heading towards the insecurity of self-employment, I find that I’m not so eager to spend money, but desperately want to build up more of my tool inventory for woodworking. So I made an offer on the two, and it was accepted.
$150 for the table saw and drill press. Neither are particularly new tools, which I see as kind of a good thing. I’ve used drill presses before, and while it’s only a bench top drill press, I suspect it’ll serve my needs just fine for the time being.
I did a search on the table saw prior to buying. It’s a 2.5 horsepower saw and was able to ID the particular model. It will take a 1/2” dado stack, which isn’t great but it’s more than sufficient since I don’t really envision me making a lot of dados on the table saw.
My plan is to build a rolling stand for it, and possibly look into adding on a good aftermarket fence if possible. After that, I will have a few more options on a few projects down the road. Now, I just have to be very, very careful. Now that I’m about to be a full-time newspaper man, I can’t afford to lose fingers and such :)
-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!