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My woodworking journey. #1: A new table saw.

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Blog entry by cajunrph posted 04-11-2018 04:01 PM 1719 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Continuing on with my journey in woodworking. I’ve been doing Steve Ramsey’s weekend woodworker course. He had a list of tools recommended of which one was a Ridgid table saw. I had been looking on various online sites for used table saws. I mostly saw the roybi saws and older craftsman saws. I checked on a few never did pick one up.

The recommended saw Steve suggested was $299. I checked it out on Home Depot’s website and it didn’t have high ratings. Many talked of the lack of a soft start even thought it advertised that it was. I knew Dewalt made good saws but they were quite a bit more. Well good old Home Depot must have been reading my mind because a while I was reviewing the Ridgid saw a Dewalt 15 amp compact job site saw for $299. That was an $80.00 savings. Now I’m a sucker for saving money, even if I spend more money to save money haha. The Dewalt saw also had significantly better reviews that the Ridgid saw had. So I am now the proud owner of a Dewalt table saw.

I set it on my patio table I made a few weeks ago and it’s just about the perfect height to use my BMW (Basic mobile workbench) As a feed table. I plan on making a cart for the saw, I just need to decide on the design. I don’t know if I’ll make it a combo table saw router table or make a secondary router attachment for my BMW and leave the table saw a smaller profile. My thoughts for a combo table was to be able to utilize the full length of the rip fence as it extends quite a ways out from the footprint of the saw. Have a router insert the side of the table that could be changed out with a flat piece of wood when just using the table saw for large boards. I’ll have to get into the table saw and use it for a project to see what I want to do. I don’t want to be building multiple tables that I will have no use for if I decide to go a different route, pun intended.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Also, how do you guys design your projects? Any particular apps or just good old fashion pencil and paper? Also what other power tools are useful, I currently have a Miter saw, Table saw, hand drill, impact driver, jig saw, orbital sander and circular saw. I’ll update as I make progress. And thanks again.



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dday

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 04:31 PM

Congrats on the purchase. As I like to saw, any table saw is better than no table saw…
You wouldn’t need to swap out the router insert. Just lower the router all the way and have a blank insert.. like the round ones that go around the bits and use it like that.

I added one on the right wing of my Delta TS and use the TS fence as the basis of my router fence. I built a wooden fence the sits over the TS fence, complete with dust collection.

Enjoy and happy cutting.

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MKH

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 08:24 PM

I would love to see a pic of the saw as that may help for suggestions.

I do have one though. Make sure the saw is stable on what ever cart/table you put it on. The last thing you need is for the cart to tip while you are cutting a large piece of wood. That is a good way to have a Come to Jesus moment.

Congrats on the saw. I just added a used planer to my tool collection today.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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cajunrph

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 08:30 PM


Here’s a stock photo from the web. It’s model number is 745.

I plan on securing it to the table. I might build more of a cart than an table. Steve Ramsey has one on his site. But I already bought some lumber that wouldn’t match that plan.

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MKH

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 09:21 PM

I’ve seen lots of youtube videos where saws like that are recessed into a table such that the table makes for a larger infeed/outfeed surface for the saw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRTCFHE9OYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpW-b2FtDeU

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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cajunrph

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 09:47 PM



I ve seen lots of youtube videos where saws like that are recessed into a table such that the table makes for a larger infeed/outfeed surface for the saw.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRTCFHE9OYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpW-b2FtDeU

- MKH


Thanks, I saw the Jimbo one last night. The second one I didn’t see. I was beige watching those videos and they all ran into each other. There’s plenty there for me to study.

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MKH

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#6 posted 04-12-2018 01:27 AM

Watch several and combine features that you like from each one into your table. Personalize it and make it our own design.

-- Marshall --------------------------- In with 10. Out with 10.

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htl

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#7 posted 04-12-2018 01:45 AM

Been using the 745 for the last couple a years in my model building and love this saw for it’s spot on fence.

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs http://lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/116729

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#8 posted 04-12-2018 03:20 AM

This is a great book, with skill building projects including some of the projects you need including a saw cart:

Projects for Your Shop: Building Your Own Workshop Essentials https://www.amazon.com/Projects-Your-Shop-Essentials-Woodworking/dp/1561586897

Tool rec: Dust collector or good shop vac, router kit with plunge and fixed base.

Get a good combi square (Starret) if you don’t have one.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Mainiac Matt

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#9 posted 04-12-2018 01:41 PM

Congrats on the new saw… that will bump your woodworking adventure up to the next level.

-- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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HokieKen

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#10 posted 04-16-2018 06:34 PM

As far as what tools you need, it really depends on what kind of work you plan to tackle. If you’re buying rough cut lumber, or milling your own, you’ll be needing a jointer and planer. For me, my bandsaw and drill press are the two most used machines in my shop.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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