I made my first cuts with my new table saw today. I had no particular need to cut any wood. I just really couldn’t wait. I grabbed an old piece of scrap 3/4” pine that I had laying around from a little project I did a couple of years ago. I put on my eye and ear protection, grabbed my push stick, and plugged in the saw. (As always, safety first.) I started it up and pushed the board through. I only have a 1.5 HP saw, but it cut through the pine like a warm knife through butter. (Maybe this is due to using a good blade instead of the one that came with the saw.) I compared my cut (a rip cut) to the one on the opposite side of the board, a cut made at the original saw mill. My saw produced a far superior cut (of course, the board was originally cut by the mill over two years ago). I went ahead and did a couple of crosscuts followed by a rip along the other edge. I grabbed a framing square and checked my results. It was perfect!
As lame as it may sound, I’ve decided to frame this board and hang it on the wall of the garage. I wrote “The First Cuts” and the current date on it. (Since I don’t plan to sell anything I make, I’ll never have a “first dollar” to hang on the wall.)
It was a very satisfying feeling to make those first cuts. I can’t wait to get to the local hardwoods dealer and buy some nice stuff to start working with. Now I just need to buy a truck so I don’t have to borrow my neighbor’s. With our first baby on the way, I know my wife isn’t approving a truck purchase, so I’m not even trying.
-- Joshua, Olathe, Kansas