Thanks, everyone! Sounds like a table saw is the reigning champion. Now I need to do a lot of research on exact models and seeing what we can budget. If the saws are too expensive, we may focus more on smaller tools/hand tools until we can afford the table saw.
I'll definitely look that fence up! Thanks!!
OK. So, don't buy a cheaper saw, mounting a circular saw isn't worth it. What about just using a circular saw on a nice table with guides/jigs? OK, that sounds really wise. I want to get the garage clean and setup with some basic tools, build a tool cabinet, woodworking table, bicycle rack. Maybe I can practice with other people on a table saw and get the basics down first. Thanks!
Wow... $2,794.00. That level is out of our budget for now. OK, thanks! A miter saw looks fast and useful, but learning to use a table saw will be more useful for me in the long run and is more versatile. OK, awesome! Thanks! And thanks for the advice on the circular saw vs. TS. For now I think I'll use our old circular saw, learn more, build guides/jigs, and we'll look into a jobsite/small table saw.. Thanks!
OK, awesome! I'll have to look into that option, too! Especially as table saws seem to be extremely expensive. A couple metal/wooden sawhorses, some guides, quality blades, and I'd be good to go. We have a 7 1/4 SKILSaw 1980-1. The blades are rusty and the saw hasn't been used for years, but we can buy fresh blades and I can wipe down this saw. Thanks for the links!!
Thanks! I will definitely want to look up tutorials when I get a table saw. We have a used router (Makita 3612BR plunge router) I bought at the local market that I am working on fixing up and finding bits for.
Nice, thanks! We'll buy that. Definitely planning on going with using our circular saw for now, building jigs and guides, getting us some real sawhorses, and getting a better understanding of woodworking. If/when we can afford a table saw, we may get one. Can't appreciate what you don't earn.
OK, thanks! Maybe I can let a few friends know we are looking out for one in case someone retires theirs.
Thanks so much! Bosch 4100? OK, noted!
Thanks!! The "Bosch 4100-09 10-Inch Worksite Table Saw with Gravity-Rise Stand" or the "Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Portable Jobsite Table Saw"? The Laguna Fusion looks very nice. I don't believe we have that type of outlet in our garage. Can I do most of my cutting with a circular saw, using jigs and guides? Then in a couple years, once the workshop is otherwise setup and prepared, and I have a lot more experience under my belt, we can invest in the table saw? Thank you for your 17 pieces of advice! I have read that section from your kind post in another thread. Thanks!
Inspiring and exciting. I like starting with fewer tools and building up. Otherwise, how will I understand what I'm doing or appreciate the expensive tools? Thanks for the link on setting up a workshop!
Thanks! Right. My current projects are preparing the garage to be a workshop, building a single shelf, bike racks, and then small boxes, etc. For now I will be using wood from Lowes but would love to use untreated wood I dry myself over a number of seasons. We do have a 2-car garage, but there is a lot of junk in there. So, yeah. Not much space, sadly. OK, thanks, good list! OK. I'll work on learning the circular saw and making/using guides. Down the line that Bosch or the Dewalt doppelganger may be in our budget. I've picked up a Makita 3612br plunge router at a local market. Since I don't know much yet, I was basically buying blind. I looked online and found it was a good model. Router for $30 and the metal table for $10. But the plunging gets stuck so we're going to buy new springs and I'm going to oil it down, and all the base guides are gone. Of course, I didn't know to look for these things when buying - but I'm learning.
Speed square - cool, thanks! The "DEWALT DW745 10-Inch Compact Job-Site Table Saw"?
I understand. I really enjoy making tools - encountering problems, finding solutions that either are not invented or are normally too expensive.
Wow! $100 is something we could afford. I'll have to see if we can find one that fits those requirements.
Once again, thank you everyone for your wonderful advice!!!