|Forum topic by Hotpuppy||posted 118 days ago||1592 views||1 time favorited||42 replies|
118 days ago
Hi, I’m just getting into cabinet making. I’m not sure if the table saw I have will do the job or not. I’d like some feedback from others who have been down this path before.
I have a Ryobi RTS31 “portable” table saw. It has a decent work size and i’ve done some moderately complicated work on it in the past. I’m just not sure how it will do for cabinets.
I am considering upgrading to something like a used or new Ridgid R4512. That’s about what my budget is okay with.
My most complicated project in the past has been a 350 Gallon Saltwater aquarium, the stand for it, and a 55 Gallon sump / filtration unit for it. Acrylic tanks are not cabinetry, but they are very demanding in terms of accuracy and clean saw cuts. It’s essentially a water tight box that supports hundreds or thousands of pounds of weight.
I used a combination of a straight edge and skilsaw and the Ryobi table saw for all my cuts. I will be working in a 1500 s/f shop next to my house. So I have plenty of space.
What I will build first are some frame and panel units to go above and below the aquarium. Then i want to build a couple of bathroom vanities, all the cabinetry and furniture for a 20 foot airstream trailer, and then probably re-do my kitchen.
For the aquarium, I want to make the frames from maple (or something that can be stained to resemble maple) and 1/4 or 3/8” cherry veneer core plywood ( or something that can be made to look like cherry plywood). The aquarium serves as a divider in the master bedroom suite and I would like it to have the same theme as my bed frame and dresser set. I am thinking primarily of a shaker style design and will be using pocket screws where appropriate. I have a Kreg jig and while I realize there are stronger, prettier joinery methods the pocket screw method will work well for many of my projects.
The aquarium panels will be mounted using panel clips like the ones rockler sells http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=32598&rrt=1 Easy to remove if needed, but otherwise looks stationary.
My panel sizes are 30×32 (x6) and 36×32 (x1) for the upper and probably the same size/qty for the lower section.
Everything else should be smaller sections then this. What should I look at when trying to decide about an upgrade on the table saw? The articles I have read so far make it sound like you can’t cut scrap if you don’t have a $5K table saw. lol.
I have taken the time to adjust the fence on this saw, but I recognize that it has limitations. I’m just not sure if a $500 hybrid saw isn’t going to have alot of the same limitations.
A little additional detail: I also think I probably need to buy a jointer and surface planer. I’ve seen some nice combo units around $500.
Woodworking Tools I currently have:
Most of my carpentry to date has been construction oriented and so my tools were chosen to meet those needs. If there are other tools I should be thinking of I would appreciate the suggestions.