|Forum topic by InThatNumber||posted 01-14-2014 01:59 PM||10343 views||0 times favorited||8 replies|
01-14-2014 01:59 PM
Hi guys, first time posting over here. Hoping someone can tell me if I’ve got a dilemma or not.
First off, I’m very much a novice weekend woodworker. I really got into it a little over a year ago and have been making do with what I’ve had, which is not much. I don’t have a shop or garage – instead, I pull my tools out onto the carport when I’m working on a project and put (most of) them away when it gets dark. As for tools, I’ve mostly been working with my dad’s borrowed table saw, which is a one of those Ryobi’s with the fold away stand. I started off with some built-ins for an entertainment center, then built a few pieces of furniture (two console tables), refinished a few pieces, then was hired by a friend who’d seen my tables to build a desk for a reception area. A few photos:
Console Table (Unfinished):
Console Table (Finished):
Now I’ll get to the point:
I’m planning on building a garage/workshop in the next few months and starting to build up my tool collection. I’ve had my eye on a Rigid R4512 or the similar Craftsman model as the table saw to build the shop around. Unexpectedly, for Christmas, my dad gave me a Dewalt DWE7491RS saw as a gift (apparently he figured out by how frequently I borrowed his little Ryobi that I needed a table saw). No question the Dewalt is near the top of the line in terms of jobsite saws and the reviews I can find all say it’s very sturdy, but I’m very torn now because I’m not sure it’ll really do the job in a woodworking shop – with my skill level right not it’d be find, but I’m concerned that I’d outgrow it in another year or two and need something heavier, more accurate, etc.
Has anybody built a weekend woodworking shop around this or a similar saw, or just have opinions on this saw being used for that purpose? If my concerns are overblown I’d like to keep it because it was an overly generous gift and my dad was pleased that he found something perfect for my current set up (i.e., needing something powerful and sturdy that I can drag back into the shed every night), but if I’m going to regret it in six months when I start trying to fill a shop in around it then I’d go ahead and see about exchanging it now. My budget won’t allow me to go out and by a Jet or Delta so those aren’t options (I know there are inexpensive ones on CL from time to time, but let’s just assume I don’t want to explain to my dad that I’m returning this saw for cash to spend on a used saw).
Thanks in advance for any thoughts!