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Forum topic by NMako posted 04-14-2017 05:26 PM 1704 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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NMako

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04-14-2017 05:26 PM

Hello everyone :)

I have never worked with wood before, except when I was a kid and carved stuff with my knife :)

I just recently bought a house and have a medicine cabinet that I would like to build myself and than who knows what other projects I ll go with. Maybe even my own vanity :)

Anyway I am looking to make box joints. I am not sure to go with table saw or router and router table. Router table seems like a cheaper option and since I have $500 home depot store credit I wanted to use that credit and get everything I need to build my own box joints.

So I will ask about router table but if anyone has any other ideas if table saws are better please let me know. I would appreciate your help!

I would like to know which router table I need to buy. What router to buy to go with the table? Which bits do I need and If its better to buy like a set of bits for router

Again I am open to all options be it router table and router or table saw.

Thank you for all your suggestions in advance

Nino


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papadan

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#1 posted 04-14-2017 06:25 PM

I have to recommend a table saw. To make and use the box joints you need wood that is accurately cut to size. A table saw is the heart of any wood shop. There are hundreds of free plans online for making box joint jigs for a TS as well as any other type work you want to do, rip cuts, cross cut, box joints, miter joints, and even dovetail joints.

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#2 posted 04-14-2017 06:29 PM

I second the TS. Sooooooo much more useful for all the other projects a new house brings…..

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bondogaposis

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#3 posted 04-14-2017 06:34 PM

Assuming you are going to have to cut the medicine cabinet parts to size before you box joint them, you are going to need a table saw. It is the first stationary power tool most wood workers get. It is pretty much indispensable for all but the most dedicated hand tool users.

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NMako

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#4 posted 04-15-2017 05:21 PM

Thank you for your kind Input gentleman! I m gonna get a table saw i was looking at some but any recommendations on saws etc that take dado sets?

As of right now i hAve in mind dewalt dwe7491rs it coles with stand or ridgid r4513 or bosch 4100-09

Any recommendation which one is better all three are abkut the same price.

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knotscott

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#5 posted 04-15-2017 10:23 PM


Thank you for your kind Input gentleman! I m gonna get a table saw i was looking at some but any recommendations on saws etc that take dado sets?

As of right now i hAve in mind dewalt dwe7491rs it coles with stand or ridgid r4513 or bosch 4100-09

Any recommendation which one is better all three are abkut the same price.

- NMako

Those three are typically rated pretty highly as portable jobsite saws go. Do you need a portable saw? If not, a stationary saw has several advantages.

The ABCs of Table Saws

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NMako

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#6 posted 04-15-2017 11:35 PM


Thank you for your kind Input gentleman! I m gonna get a table saw i was looking at some but any recommendations on saws etc that take dado sets?

As of right now i hAve in mind dewalt dwe7491rs it coles with stand or ridgid r4513 or bosch 4100-09

Any recommendation which one is better all three are abkut the same price.

- NMako

Those three are typically rated pretty highly as portable jobsite saws go. Do you need a portable saw? If not, a stationary saw has several advantages.

The ABCs of Table Saws

- knotscott

I m really not gonna be moving my saw much if any its gonna be in my basement area. If you have any recommendations on any saws please let me know.

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BillyDoubleU

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#7 posted 04-16-2017 12:53 AM

I just bought the DWE7491RS.

I went with it due to all the negative reviews I read about the Ridgid 4512’s fence often having issues. Even the raising and lowering the blade causing issues with true.

The DWE7491RS has awesome reviews all around and a great fence.

I just did a fireplace mantel and surround. Was ripping 1/4” strips with ease with the factory blade no less.

You would need a better miter gauge or build a sled/jig for miter cuts.

Can’t say anything about the Bosch.

There is a thread here staying Delta is discontinuing the 36-750 so I’d probably stay away from that.

If you can afford a bigger/better table saw then I would say get that but you really won’t be disappointed with the DWE7491RS. You can always take the stand off and put it in a table. Look at Paulk benches.

Add a fairly cheap miter saw (10” minimum) and you’ll have 95% of the cuts you’ll need for around the house stuff.

By the way, power tool are like potatoe chips…

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SauceMan

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#8 posted 04-16-2017 04:21 AM

I’m using a dewalt DW745 job site saw. It works for a lot of things but doesn’t accept a dado.

One of the first projects you’ll want to finish (maybe before your medicine cabinet) is a crosscut sled for your new table saw. I’ve seen people make very small jigs to make box joints, you may even be able to insert something into your crosscut sled to achieve it. Without a dado you just have to make more passes to cut the notch the size you want it to be.

I think you’ll need more tools than you’ve got, but I actually just finished building Matthias Wandel’s “screw advance box joint jig”. It’s to make box joints. Maybe overcomplicated to build—and he says it shouldn’t be your first woodworking project, but it was fun making it nonetheless.

Good luck! I’ve actually recently started to do more and more woodworking—started with small, practical projects but as of late I’ve just gotten very excited by it. Oh, and make sure you look at craigslist for used tools—you can save a load of money or get the next tool up for the same amount of money you were planning to spend.

Sauce

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NMako

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#9 posted 04-16-2017 12:12 PM



I m using a dewalt DW745 job site saw. It works for a lot of things but doesn t accept a dado.

One of the first projects you ll want to finish (maybe before your medicine cabinet) is a crosscut sled for your new table saw. I ve seen people make very small jigs to make box joints, you may even be able to insert something into your crosscut sled to achieve it. Without a dado you just have to make more passes to cut the notch the size you want it to be.

I think you ll need more tools than you ve got, but I actually just finished building Matthias Wandel s “screw advance box joint jig”. It s to make box joints. Maybe overcomplicated to build—and he says it shouldn t be your first woodworking project, but it was fun making it nonetheless.

Good luck! I ve actually recently started to do more and more woodworking—started with small, practical projects but as of late I ve just gotten very excited by it. Oh, and make sure you look at craigslist for used tools—you can save a load of money or get the next tool up for the same amount of money you were planning to spend.

Sauce

- SauceMan

I looked into dwe745 and saw that it does not accept dado there is one more above that that does not accept dado. This is why I was looking at 7491rs because it does accept dado sets.

thank you for your input, I am def looking at craigslist also and ebay just in case.

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simonov

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#10 posted 04-16-2017 03:15 PM


One of the first projects you ll want to finish (maybe before your medicine cabinet) is a crosscut sled for your new table saw.

Indeed. And here's how to do it.

And more on topic for the thread, how to make a box joint jig. Note how his jig attaches to a sled; most jigs are dedicated, with their own miter slot rails.

In my opinion, William Ng makes (made) the best woodworking videos on YouTube. Sadly, he apparently stopped doing it about a year ago. Happily, he produced the two linked videos before he left YouTube.

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SauceMan

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#11 posted 04-17-2017 08:53 PM

Great link simonov, both were using exactly what I was thinking of.

You know, watching William’s video made enough feel somewhat ashamed about the state of my cross-cut sled, so I scrapped it and started making a new one. (Ok, not totally scrapped- using parts of it’s bed to make the front rails of the new one. It wiggles too much and can’t really cut square well. I need to make some mortise and tenon joints so I really need square!

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