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#1 posted 06-13-2018 05:03 PM

Love these questions!

Jonah makes an awesome point about not needing a miter gauge. That said, I would buy one. The Incra V27 is a no-brainer, the other versions do not add as much value. You can add a few custom faces to the V27 and it is very accurate.

A crosscut sled is a must.

A good blade is a must. Lot’s of opinions there. I just bought a WWII 40-tooth and am SO GLAD I did.

That saw is a great value, comes with a good fence.

Holbs comment about spending a day is good. Maybe two days. You don’t need much for cabinets unless you are getting fancy with them. Cut wood, use the stock blade for that project so that you appreciate a better blade in a month or so. Otherwise, it will be more difficult to know when a blade is not as good anymore (dull or something else).

The Dewalt Dado is a heck of a value. Knotscott led me into that direction wisely.

I might be wrong about this, but I see ZERO value in zero clearance inserts. I’ve used several, made my own, and made such a wide variety of cuts, and I cannot say that I ever benefitted or suffered from a gap between the blade and my insert. The blade, alignment of the saw, feed rate, and material have to be more important than that.

Buy a few different types of wood so you know how they work and how feed rate changes with each. It is good practice and learning.

Congrats on a shiny new tool!

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