Paint the ends of the wood before you set it to dry. Or wax to seal the ends. The ends dry faster than the center, and that's what causes the cracking.
Glare: If the light is in front of the saw, the glare is reduced. With LED, you can hot glue a little bit of frosted plastic onto the front to diffuse the light so there's less glare. I had this problem with the LEDs in the church meeting hall, and bought a spray can of frosting. Helped a lot there. The old folks there didn't like the glare either, gets more annoying with cataracts.
Blonde: Melody was a little like you in that she knew here own mind and things pretty much went her way. Ran into her about 10 years ago in an optometrist's office down the hill from here. She was much the same, but wasn't one for living in the past. Sound familiar?
The more I do, the less I accomplish.