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I know this is router central on the web, but is the table saw really the center of action in a shop?

I've been reviewing some of the early episodes of Woodsmith where they focus on the table saw and how to use it for a massive number of tasks and joints. One thing I do like about that show is they try to stick to a small number of tools, the things someone on a budget is likely to have. A router, of course is one of those tools, but the precision and control of a good table saw and a few good blades is easy to overlook.

It takes some care in setting up a saw, but holy cow, what a useful tool it becomes once you tune the heck out of it. Drawer making comes to mind. You can make a tight, strong joint assembling drawers in a few passes using accurate bars to space the cuts.

Personally, the addition of a decent dado set, the full kerf glue line blade, and for fun, the 1/4-3/8ths blade pair, has made making things highly predictable and accurate. My saw is a Laguna Hybrid, 10 inch 110v model with 220 conversion available.

What are your thoughts about your table saw. How have you used it? How important is it to your woodworking? What is the most complex thing you've done with it? What saw do you have? How do you like it? Are you thinking of upgrading in some way, what would you do? If you had endless cash, which saw would you get? General discussion, anything table saw goes.

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It's the center of action in my shop. So important that I have 2 of them. The main one is a Unisaw. The backup is an old 10" Rockwell that is 2 hp and 220 volt. I changed the original fence to a Mule/Accusquare. Besides the regular sizing jobs - finger joints, dentil molding, tenons, lap joints, profiles using an old moulding head, dadoes, bevels, repeatable cut offs, and probably a few other jobs I can't think of.
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It's the center of action in my shop. So important that I have 2 of them. The main one is a Unisaw. The backup is an old 10" Rockwell that is 2 hp and 220 volt. I changed the original fence to a Mule/Accusquare. Besides the regular sizing jobs - finger joints, dentil molding, tenons, lap joints, profiles using an old moulding head, dadoes, bevels, repeatable cut offs, and probably a few other jobs I can't think of.
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The table saw is my most used machine in my shop. In close second is my band saw.
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Couldn't be without a table saw. I have two. Both Shopsmiths. One has the old Jointech Saw Train with router table (boy, do I wish they were still in business). It's a dedicated rip saw. The other one does the cross cuts, dadoes, etc. And, it powers all the Shopsmith accessory tools.
As to blades, I finally found one that gives me a decent glue edge. Now, they are all I use on all my saws. Brand is Tenryu.
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I recall that Sommerfeld has a table saw attachment that cuts perfect match joints for beaded face frames. They have another cutter for the TS that is for cove cutting. See pix. Here's the link to the catalog page: http://pubs.royle.com/publication/index.php?i=550263&m=26109&l=1&p=1&pre=&ver=html5# {%22page%22:16,%22issue_id%22:550263}

That catalog is really neat because it shows all kinds of cuttere, their names and profiles. I am happy with every one of that company's products so far.
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Love my table saw . I had a contractors saw with a Bies fence , as I learned earlier on that the fence is extremely important.
My friend purchased a Delta contractors saw , and you had to lock the fence down,then tap it with your fist to get it square .
So I didn’t make that mistake and paid double lol.

After joining the forum I learned about dust collection, so I sold my contractors saw and bought a General cabinet saw .
It has an Excalibur fence which is very similar to a Biesemeyer fence , but is a little more refined .
The face comes off and you add your own face if you chose , like a sacrificial section .
Below is a pic of the sacrificial fence section I built . Very handy when I built cabinets .

Also I disliked my friends wobble dado, so I purchased a Freud dado . Was $340 here in Canada but well worth it to me . I believe by turning it’s adjuster you can change it four thousandth of an inch at a time.

Not pictured but I also installed a PC690 under the right wing at a later date , just to get me by till I assemble my router table . I don’t think you can have enough router tables anyways .


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I know this is router central on the web, but is the table saw really the center of action in a shop?

I've been reviewing some of the early episodes of Woodsmith where they focus on the table saw and how to use it for a massive number of tasks and joints.

What are your thoughts about your table saw. How have you used it? How important is it to your woodworking? What is the most complex thing you've done with it? What saw do you have? How do you like it? Are you thinking of upgrading in some way, what would you do? If you had endless cash, which saw would you get? General discussion, anything table saw goes.
I would say it depends on what you are doing/making. Right now the center of action for me is my router.

This may change for me in the not so far future, at which time I will likely convert my HF saw into a disc sander, and get another saw for sawing. Got the HF saw in about 1996 or 7, and is still serving well, but starting to have some adjustment issues. Most complex thing with it is probably the complex saw sled I made and used on it - until I didn't need it, and recycled it. Wish now I had kept it, but it was taking up room I needed. I will upgrade, but don't need a really high grade saw, dunno what I would get, because my saw is still working for me. Decide later. Endless cash? No brainer, I'd get myself one of those bandsaw mills, one you ride on, rather than push. And to make it a table saw, I'd put a small table in front of the seat, so I could eat my lunch without leaving the machine. But with no endless cash, if I had more room, I would likely make/convert a saw to one that would be perfect for what I need. As is I did make a saw using an upside down sabre saw under a top, which works well for me.

Oops, almost forgot. Watched a Woodsmith episode the other day, in which they concentrated on the router and a shop made jig. Fascinating.

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Projects dictate my use of the table saw but I do have a radial-arm saw that I use quite often. Most of my projects now are small so I don't need the table saw very much.

When I do use it I try to make sure I do everything on it that I need to so I can store it out of the way until needed again.

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