Marc - Welcome my friends to the first official shop talk.
Now this is kinda breaking from the formatof what we usually do with our project videos.
It's going to be a short, quick, to the pointanswer to someone's email.
Cause I get a lot of questions via email,and it's nice to put it in a formatthat's useful for everybody,and can be found in the futureif you need that information.
I'd also like to use it as an opportunityto tell you what's going on in the shop,if there's anything I need to update you oncommunity stuff like that.
Alright, so, let's get right into it.
First things first, I got a couple stickers.
A big thank you to everybodywho sends these stickers in, these are awesome.
And VanceMaker, by the way, dude's five years old.
Check him out.
So, what's been going on in my life?Well, two months ago, Nicole gave birthtwo our second child, Ava Elizabeth Spagnolo.
She's doing great, she was born earlyjust like her brother.
And we did the whole NICU preemie thing,which is never really all that funbut all we can ask for is a healthy baby,and that's what we have.
So, she's doing great.
Mom's doing great and life is good.
The other thing is, I just finished up mygaming dining table.
Now, that's a gild projectand you can buy the plans if you want to.
But I'm also gonna make a free video,because I'm getting a lot of inquiries about it,people wanna see it go togetherand I can certainly do one of those fast videos.
I hate doing teaser content, that's not my thing.
But enough people have asked about itthat I'm gonna try to do somethingthat's a good compromise so you can see it go together.
Cause it's kind of an awesome table.
Now, a big thank you goes out to my buddyShaun Rubino over at SpunjinWorks.
He sent me this wonderful artpiece.
This is a gilding and patination project,which you can kind of do on a flat paneland then incorporate into something else.
And I think Shaun is just getting some practice here,doing his best David Marks impression.
This is fantastic work, it looks beautiful, Shaun.
And it will adorn the shop wall forever.
Right now, let's check our mail bank.
Checkin' dah email.
Checkin' dah email.
Skip wrote in and asked,my 25 year old son and I dida couple of projects together,and now we're hooked.
We want to start by purchasing a table saw,we went to the local Rockler store,and we're pretty set on buying a Jet.
The guy that helped us suggested a Saw Stop.
I know you use Powermatic.
Could I impose upon you for a suggestion?Yes, Skip.
Yes you may.
Now, he mentioned a couple different brandsbut let's talk about Saw Stop first.
When it comes to Saw Stop, if you want that safety feature,boom, you're done.
Save up, buy that saw.
Because there's no other saw on the marketright now that has that safety feature.
Now if you're not sure you want it,or if you don't wanna pay the extra amount for it,you then open up the play book.
There's a lot of different brands that you should consider.
Now, I recommended the PM 1,000.
I think it's one of the best saws out there for the price.
It's got sort of that cabinet saw style and feature set,but runs on 110, so the average shopwill be able to handle that kind of power requirement.
There are other saws on the market,but that's one that I'm familiar withand that's what I recommended to Skip.
So, here's what he wrote back.
I did listen to your adviceand then did something different.
Rockler was out of Saw Stopsand they never stock Powermatic.
Going with their cousin Jet, we were able to get the saw,jointer and a thickness planer.
Since we're starting from nothing,we just need to get going.
You know, I love that.
And it's such a great point.
Because, Skip had a big choice to make.
Do I spend, you know, the whole last tool first?Which is good advice in some cases,but in this case, it may have prevented himfrom getting some other tools that he neededto really get going and starting to do his woodworking.
So, I think in a lot of cases,you can easily justify going with less expensive tools,for the sake of getting a full shop.
This way, you get some practice under your belt.
You learn more about what each tool does,and maybe later on down the line,sell those tools and upgrade to something elsewhen you understand why it might be necessaryto upgrade to something else.
Now let's head over to my table sawand I'll give you some advice on what to look forand what things you can ignoreif you're in the market for a new saw.
What I've got here is a Powermatic PM 2,000with a custom paint job.
Years ago there was a service that came alongthat would do this custom workto Powermatic table saws.
It was really cool, and somewhat shortlivedbecause people couldn't justify the extra cost,but I was lucky enough to get ahold of one.
So, that's what I'm running here.
It's got a five horsepower motor.
Way overkill for what most people need in the shop.
I ordered it with a three, they accidentally sent a fiveand it was too much trouble to replace it.
And so, I've got a five horsepower.
Basically, simple 10 inch cabinet saw.
Very reliable fence system,in fact I did upgrade to the very super cooltools fence system here.
Some aluminum extrusion, dead straight.
Works really good for my purposes.
Up top, I'm running an after market guard system.
It's called the Brett-Guard from HTC.
I don't even know if they make it anymore.
But you can see it's nice causeit kind of tilts out of the way when you don't need it,and it drops back down when you do.
So, what do you look for in a good table saw?First you need a reasonably flat table.
Now, it doesn't have to be dead flat.
And it really only needs to be flatin the area around the blade.
So don't stress out about it too much,but if it's way out of whack,you may want to skip on that particular one.
You wanna make sure that the sawtakes zero clearance inserts.
Either ones that you buy aftermarket,or ones you make yourself.
Because the ones that come with the sawsgenerally have too wide of a gap here.
You really wanna close that up.
Zero clearance inserts are a must.
You definitely wanna have some sort of splitter in place.
Now, a splitter is good,but a riving knife is betterbecause it travels up and downwith the height of the bladeso you can use it in more situations.
And we don't have to have one of thosebig clunky guards around it.
So you can use this with an overhead guard of some sort.
And you can remove it when you need to,and easily put it back in placefor the safest cuts possible.
You need a good, reliable fence.
Something that when you lock it down,it doesn't move it's positionand back here there's really no flex.
And the fence itself should be nice and straight.
Also take a look at the miter slot.
This is more of a standard miter slotand if you buy anything aftermarket,chances are you're going to haveno trouble finding accessories that fit this.
There are some saws that have eitherproprietary, or sort of odd ball slotsthat make it difficult to make sleds,and things like that for your table saw.
And one of the most useful things I have in the shopis a dado stack.
So you want to make sure that the arbor is long enoughto take a nice stack of blades like this.
Of course, this may vary in different countries.
Now, those are the things that I feelare most important.
But there are also some thingsthat you can ignore.
The first thing is the blade guard.
Not because you don't need one,but because there are so many greataftermarket solutions, that work better thanthe kinda crappy stuff that comeswith these tables saws, a lot of times.
So, if it doesn't have a great blade guard on it,that's ok.
You can always add a better one later.
Don't stress out too much about the leaves.
You could have stamped steel, or aluminum.
Something on the outside,because the primary working area,and the reference area of a table sawif right here, around the blade.
That needs to be good, flat cast iron.
Everything else can be, just supportive.
It doesn't have to be in perfect linewith the table saw top.
So, that's a secondary concern.
And finally, don't worry about the blade.
Most stocked blades are kinda crappy.
So, you'll be upgrading that eventually.
And that alone will improve the cut qualityon your saw more than anything else.
Well, thanks for that question, Skip.
And I hope everyone else enjoyed hearing my answer.
Remember, it's just my opinions.
So if you feel differently about it,let me know in the comments.
Maybe you can help Skip out with a future tool purchase.
And if you want to leave a question,that might be read on the show,go to thewoodwhipserer.
com/contactor just leave a questionin the comment sectionTwitter,Facebook, whatever.
I'm going to grab these questionsfrom just about everywhere.
Alright, thanks for watching everybody.
And I'll catch you next time.