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12-27-2015 01:23 AM


My name is Logan, and I am new to the woodworking scene. I’ve always loved the idea of being able to take raw materials and turning them into useful pieces of art.

So to start my new adventure as a woodworking hobbyist, my dad got me some great tools for Christmas, and I was hoping I could get some advice/wisdom before I start playing around.

Here are my tools
Table Saw: Dewalt 10” Portable Table Saw DWE7480
Router: Dewalt Base Plunge Combo Kit DW618PKB
Kobalt 12-Volt Cordless Combo Kit (3 tool) – Drill/Driver, Jigsaw, and Impact Driver
Husky Portable Workbench (

My Christmas Review
I’m a little upset that the dewalt router doesn’t connect with the router plate holes on the Husky Portable Workbench. I’m thinking that I will have to make my own holes and I would love some guidance doing that. Also, it didn’t come with a router fence. And after looking at it, I’m a little nervous about making my own because I want it to be accurate.

What’s Next
I’ve been finding some projects to make using recycled wood pallets. Before I get started I would like to make a crosscut sled for the table saw. Any guidance or advice would be appreciated. I know there are hundreds of videos on it. I might also be interested in making my own router table or just buying one, but I would like if the dewalt router could simple screw into existing holes.

I was given ~$400 to get a miter saw (my dad said it has to be dewalt, but I’m not a professional here). So I was hoping I could get some advice on a miter saw.

Thank you! Can’t wait to hear from you all and get started!!!!

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#1 posted 12-27-2015 01:32 AM

Look up William Ng’s 5 cuts to a perfect crosscut sled on YouTube.

Miter saw? I only use one for large crown and baseboard. Other than that I use an old school miter box or rig up something on a sled for everything else.

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#2 posted 12-27-2015 01:46 AM

Quality lay out tools, squares, rulers, marking gauges, chisels, block planes and clamps.

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#3 posted 12-27-2015 01:51 AM

That table looks like it has a removable insert. Remove the base from your router, use it as a template to mark for holes in the insert, and drill new holes. Countersink the holes and use the screws that came out of the base included in your router. Make a second insert out of 1/4 ply (or whatever is the thickness) and use than when you are not using the router. Just drop the router in place when you need a router table.

As for a fence, buy a sheet (or partial sheet) of MDF. It is flat and true. Make your fence out of that. Another good fence material is white melamine coated particle board.

As for a miter say, if your Dad says Dewalt, then Dewalt it may have to be! Talk to him, to see if he might be flexible. Show him this one.

I have one of these (and a 12 inch version) both bought from bigskytools as grade A reconditioned. They were indistinguishable from new. I have a LOT of dewalt tools. And a LOT of Hitachi tools. The quality is comparable. Bigskytools has refurbished dewalt tools too, so if you MUSt stick with Dewalt, you should be able to find a recon version here for a good price.

Good luck. and practice safe woodworking—eye and ear protection!

-- Murphy's Carpentry Corollary #3: Any board cut to length has a 50% probability of being too short.

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#4 posted 12-27-2015 01:54 AM

Welcome to LJ, and the craft!

For the holes for the router table, take the plate off the router base and use that to lay out new holes. Line up with any existing holes then you’ll have less to drill

The fence can be any straight, square piece of wood to begin. You could also glue and screw to strips of plywood at a 90 degree angle. According to the HD site, the table has clamps that ride in the slots, you could use those to hold the fence.

Above all, don’t overthink stuff. Straight and square is pretty basic, don’t let fancy to get in the way of your learning.

-- Learn Relentlessly

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#5 posted 12-27-2015 02:18 AM

Welcome to LJ and we are glad to hear you are taking the plunge into woodworking. I have a small dewalt miter saw and I have been happy with it, but I have quite a few hitahci tools that work well too. What do you have for hand tools, hand saw plane etc.? The only thing I could say about using pallet wood for projects is watch out for nails, maybe get a metal detector to check the wood prior to cutting as it will ruin your blades quick. best of luck and have fun woodworking.

-- Brian Noel

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#6 posted 12-27-2015 01:53 PM

Since you have a TS that you can rip and crosscut with, I’d skip the miter saw for now and get something with capability that you don’t already have. Planer, jointer, DP, BS, etc., depending on what you plan to build.

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#7 posted 12-27-2015 04:17 PM


My name is Logan, and I am new to the woodworking scene. I ve always loved the idea of being able to take raw materials and turning them into useful pieces of art.”........ If it is “Art” you want to make and not just cabinets, I recommend a good scroll saw. Wood art often requires sharp curves in wood and a scroll saw is the tool for that. I use mine to do Double bevel inlay, intarsia, compound cutting and making toys.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#8 posted 12-27-2015 05:09 PM

Hey Logan! Welcome to LJ and to woodworking. I’d like to echo what TheFridge said about Wm. Ng’s video. 1st rate! Your Dad is a smart guy. Dewalt is about the best default product line you can buy. There are others that are just as good, maybe better; but you can’t go wrong with Dewalt products. I have several Dewalt, along with Bosch and some older Porter Cable in my arsenal of powered hand tools; and some Dewalt stationary tools too Just my opinion, but I have been known to be wrong…once. LOL! For now, the miter saw is a luxury IMHO. Go for a good random orbit sander, a GOOD combination square, some decent drill bits, some basic carbide router bits ( forget buying sets, as there will be bits in them that you will NEVER use) a decent set of chisels and some clamps. Pipe clamps are good and inexpensive starters and you can always add to them later. Buy the 3/4” clamps and not the 1/2 ”.
Good Luck—Work Safe—Have fun!

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#9 posted 12-28-2015 01:03 AM

Since you have a TS that you can rip and crosscut with, I d skip the miter saw for now and get something with capability that you don t already have. Planer, jointer, DP, BS, etc., depending on what you plan to build.

- knotscott

Amen to that! I got rid of my miter saw and have never regretted it. I made the tablesaw sled from Eagle Lakes Woodworking site years ago when I was just starting out. It was a simple build that still serves my needs.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 12-28-2015 03:16 PM

Hi Logan, wood working is fun and enjoyable. I have a couple pieces of advise.

First, don’t get caught up on a certain brand of tools. DeWalt is a good tool but, don’t get stuck on yellow for everything. Some woodworkers want to keep a theme in their woodshops. They want all Jet tools, or General, or Dewalt or whatever. Get what is good. Any and all of these tools are good. For example: I have a Jet Cabinet Table saw and a Dewalt Miter saw, Delta drill press, Rockler jointer and so on.

Second, purchase wood magazines. There are several good ones out there such as, Wood, Shopsmith, Workbench, etc. They have good instruction in them and feature good projects to build. I subscribe to Wood myself and have for years.

Third, When buying tools don’t get hooked on new tools. I buy good used tools from estate sales. They are usually good and cheap.

Forth, when measuring out your work, use only one measuring tool for the project. Don’t grab the closest measuring tape for one item and another tape measure for another item. Stay consistent. Oh yea, measure twice and cut once. Always!

Fifth, Don’t be afraid to make lots of sawdust and waste. It comes with the job. Don’t try to squeeze out 8’ of project from an 8’ board. Use the best cuts for your project.

Lastly, listen to these woodcrafters. They have years of experience to offer. And, above all things, have fun! don’t make woodworking a chore.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#11 posted 12-28-2015 03:52 PM

Welcome to LJs.

Miter saw – I got rid of my power miter saw and bought an old Millers Fall miter box for $15.00 at a flea market – sharpened the saw and it cuts cleaner and safer than the power versions. Takes a little longer to cut, setup is very quick and if you get your finger in the way and you continue to cut – it isn’t the saw – you did it yourself!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#12 posted 12-28-2015 06:31 PM

Still here Logan?

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#13 posted 12-28-2015 07:03 PM

Logan, you can build a router table out of plywood. Simple plans are all over the internet. You should also add a few basic hand tools as soon as you are able and don’t forget the clamps and a vise. That work table will get you started but you can build an inexpensive workbench out of 2×4’s and plywood that will be much better for you. You will still be able to use that worktable for certain things.

I really do encourage you to get a few basic hand tools. You will need some basic hand tools on just about anything that you do. If you add them to what you already have you can get off to a really good start.

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#14 posted 12-28-2015 07:10 PM

Artsyfartsy gives some great advice. Starting a workshop can be very expensive. I know, I’m going through the same thing right now as a beginner myself. Flea markets and auctions/estate sales are great places to find good, used tools.

As others have said don’t become married to a specific brand. Ryobi is a great example. A lot of their smaller tools like the drills, impact drivers and sanders are great for hobbyists like us. And at half the cost of the bigger brands like DeWalt. Ryobi table saws on the other hand… not so much. Don’t get me wrong. DeWalt makes great products. But there is no need to go All Yellow or All Red on your tool selection.

I love pallets. Especially as a beginner. They make great test pieces and learning materials. I use them for other stuff, too. But I don’t feel as bad when I mess up a piece of pallet wood as I do wood I paid for. You have to be careful of which pallets you get, though. Stay away from painted pallets because these are owned by compaines that rent them out and expect them back from the stores. Also, pallets are marked as to what chemicals they were treated with. Pay attention to that.

As far as learning goes Youtube is Your Friend. Subscribe to Izzy Swan, Steve Ramsey (woodworking For Mere Mortals), Jay Bates, Matthias Wandel, I Build It and Jon Heintz. There are tons more but those should get you started at least. These guys are great because they actually make a lot of the tools and jigs they use later on. And they are easy to do and don’t require lots of tools mostly. Start off with the things you need – marking gauges, table saw sleds, squares, etc. Learn by making your own tools. Think of the shop like your mad scientist lab where the experiments you try will lead to great finished products. If you want to make artistics tables, learn how to do the jointery by incorporating it into your workstation builds in your shop.

TAKE YOUR TIME! This is a hobby, after all. Getting in a hurry will lead to inaccuracy and frustration and getting you hurt. Especially in the beginning. Just take your time, make every mistake a teaching moment and learn from it.

My final piece of advice is one of the main mantra’s of a woodworker. You can NEVER have too manny clamps.

Welcome to the community and the addiction.

-- Butchering wood since 2015

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#15 posted 12-28-2015 07:43 PM

Lots of great ideas,but since I teach woodworking ,i suggest you take a woodworking course at a local tool supplier or a community collage so you have some instruction regarding safety and techniques .Then you will have a good basis on what tools you may need for the type of projects you may want to make.

-- Custom furniture

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