I’m tired. Only two days of working on my bench, and I’m tired. Physically, right now, I’m well rested. There’s a little stiffness in my hand that will get worked out as soon as I get out there and start working, but I’m tired. The thing is, I now have a newfound appreciation for tools like bandsaws and table saws. A bandsaw would have made some of the cuts I needed a lot better than the jig saw. A table saw would finish up those tenons I have on tap today like they were nothing.
I’ve known I wanted a band saw to be added to the arsenal for a while now. Not just any bandsaw, but a big beefy monster that can resaw anything I throw at it. However, the table saw is starting to throw me a bit. I had looked at an inexpensive Jet a while back, and the RIGID contractor saw looked really nice as well. But necessity had me looking at hand tools. Now, I’m having to rethink that.
You see, I found that I made some pretty uneven cuts with the circular saw. Sure, I could have built a fence, but the bench was a “project on a whim” sort of thing. I didn’t want to have to build a ton of jigs just to get to the point I could actually build something. A table saw with a good fence is ready to go for these types of projects. Even a band saw could have done some of what I wanted.
Here’s the plan though. A band saw, first and foremost after I have a place to put it (hoping to have a real shop in the next few months…maybe. After I have that and use it, I can reevaluate whether I need the table saw or not.
On the good side, after shaping the legs, I wasn’t asking myself if I needed a router…I just figured I needed a better spokeshave :D
-- "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!