My projects are indeed somewhat small when considering the boxes that one makes from sheet goods. I also use mostly solid hardwood lumber. I quickly made up three pages of samples to give you an idea of the scale of work I get into and why I figured 5%. I used to have a saw on my back porch dedicated for plywood with a big outfeed table. I was doing a lot of work back then, but that was then and somehow my driver's license now shows I'm 75, not 35.Bob,
I sincerely think you are underestimating the usefulness of a track saw but I am unfamilar with your projects. If you only make small things out of small pieces of wood I guess 5% could be right.
That comment made me think. No two people have the same experience in woodworking and no two people have the same workshop equipment acquisition history.I also have a jointer but it is pretty short bedded
very true statement, I have and use the tracksaw and has been a godsend to my woodworking, but I have no table saw because I have no room for one, and no budget for a Sawstop!That comment made me think. No two people have the same experience in woodworking and no two people have the same workshop equipment acquisition history.
A lot of the perspective will come from what there is and is not to work with. For my situation, I'll stick with the 5% use but that 5% is getting more and more important as the years go on.
Actually, I thought a trac saw could cut bevels nicely. Think I saw it done on Ask This Old House recently.. . . or cut bevels . . .
I got by with a sheet of 1" styrofoam insulation on the driveway/garage floor for a very long time. A "special" cutting table is very unnecessary.I see where Festool makes the STM 1800 mobile sawing table for only $995.00.
A grand for the track saw and a grand for the table and I'm up to 2/3 the value of my table saw. This stuff gets salty.
The Styrofoam works well. One step up is to use one of these folding tables (which can be used for many other things) and put the Styrofoam on top. Easier on your back, and the table is big enough to support the wood and small enough to not interfere with any clamps you might want to use.I got by with a sheet of 1" styrofoam insulation on the driveway/garage floor for a very long time. A "special" cutting table is very unnecessary.