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Forum topic by Krassowoodworx posted 09-04-2013 07:27 AM 982 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-04-2013 07:27 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw miter saw joining sanding arts and crafts traditional question

My Wife and I have 2 seperate business’s. I make custom fly boxes and she makes vinyl signs she puts on wood, and most recently she is buying shadow boxes and etching them with custom sayings. Dilema…..... Instead of buying the shadow boxes for around 15 dollars i know i can make them cheaper w/ the right equipment. I only have a Skil table saw that extends to 12” and pretty much i got what i paid for. Now for the next part, We are looking at spending around 600 dollars to either buy a new Rigid table saw or Router & Table, Compound mitresaw and Brad nailer. Need your help in deciding which is gonna be more beneficial for us. Pretty torn at the moment. Please take into consideration what both business’s do. Also we would buy the Router and table, compound mitresaw and brad nailer all together instead of Rigid Table saw.

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 12:06 PM

Allot can be done with a circular saw and a guide fence if budgets are too tight

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 12:28 PM

My thoughts would go to the latter, the three tool grouping. You can make a bench later for the miter saw and expand its cutoff ability. Assuming you have an air compressor of some sort for the brad nailer? The electric ones I’ve used in my experience don’t do well with most hardwoods. And the router and table speak for themselves, with a lot of possible profiles, cuts, moldings, etc. that you can do down the line with the addition of single bits as you need them. You can also add additional molded edges to the shadow boxes, and do some nice jointing for your fly boxes on a router table.

Also, if her boxes are selling well, you can set up the three tools to kind of form a production line.
Just my humble opinion…

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 12:40 PM

I have the Ridgid portable table saw (in addition to a contractor saw, radial arm saw, and a SCMS), and love it. It’ll do all the cutting you need to do. That plus a finish nailer and portable compressor will get you going. Figure $800-$900.


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#4 posted 09-06-2013 03:48 AM

I really appreciate the input guys ill take all this into.consideration.

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#5 posted 09-06-2013 01:46 PM

sounds like your in it for the long run I would go with a cabinet saw that wil hold the test of time

-- Staining killed the wood<<<<<>>>>>Dyeing gave it life

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#6 posted 09-06-2013 07:57 PM

I had the same choice about 5 years ago. I chose to go whole hog with a Bench Dog router table, bed extension, and Porter Cable variable speed 21,000 rpm router. I have not regretted it in the slightest. I use it almost constantly to make boxes, frames, trinkets and reproduction pieces.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#7 posted 09-06-2013 09:11 PM

Should I get table or miter saw? In most cases., it depends. But I’ll get both saw, they have different strengths, weaknesses and functions – that will contribute or will be useful in box making and more projects.

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#8 posted 09-06-2013 11:27 PM

Hi Krasso -

I fly fish, any chance I could see what your fly boxes look like?


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