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01-11-2016 05:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: makita 2708 table saw upgrade tablesaw router

First time posting , This post is about upgrading my shop, particularly my table saw.
By perhaps adding an extension table and/or a router to that table, or by adding a separate router table to my shop.

I put myself a notch above homeowner/novice. Besides from doing maintenance, projects and home improvements, such as building a house full of simple plank doors, trim, 4,000sq ft floors…as an artist most of the work I do revolves around fabricating frames. I make very simple picture frames and I think using a simple rabbet bit would do me well. I saw a video (ibuildit ) and the guy used a router table. LOOKED SO EASY Perfect, clean fast.. So I think that a rabbet on my router might improve efficiency and quality.

So starting with the table saw. I think have out grown the saw.
So here is a question..Buy a new saw? or upgrade this one?
I have a Makita 81/2 contractor saw 2708. It was my up-grade from a shopsmith and it served me well. The Makita’s fence feels small and just not too good. I feel like the saw is not spot on accurate. I really wish the bed was bigger. I figure to build an extension table? or as I said attach a new router to it. ( I do not know how to use a router and have a very old hardly used Rockwell)

I should have bought an extension table for the 2708 way back when but now it seems silly. Buying a new fence and/or an extension table that comes with that bigger and better fence means spending $300 – $500 bucks. Solves many of my problems but I might as well get a new saw? Can’t just get any craigslist fence since it has to fit my saw.

New saw:
Which one and how much should I spend? I don’t think I need a $1000 saw. But I don’t want crap. I don’t want to be in the same position – unhappy with the lack of accuracy of the fence.

If anyone has ANY suggestions I’m all ears. Also about the Router addition.

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