Newbie lady DIYer here.
Iím looking into buying a saw and need some advice. I never had anyone to teach me woodworking skills but I think they are important and would like to learn and pass on some skills to my sons. I am on a limited budget but I do believe in buying smart, not just cheap so Iíve been doing some research. However all the research in the world doesnít equal real world experience so this is where I hope you guys will chime in.
I hope to complete the following projects in order: shelving/loft for shed, small deck, framing in unfinished basement walls, crown molding eventually. Yes, Iíll probably watch a lot of youtube to accomplish this. Haha I have a circular saw somewhere but misplaced it in the move. Yeah, Iím a tad disorganized.
I also have basic hand tools like a drill, wrenches, sockets, etc. I think my Dad might have a jigsaw I could borrow. I have a small compressor/brad nailer I won in a silent auction(never opened). I wonít be setting up an elaborate shop but I want convenience if possible. I also wonít be able to lift/wield very large pieces of wood by myself but on the flipside Iíd prefer to not have to ask for help so Iím willing to set up tables, etc. (mobile or stationary) to help with this.
Based on all that, Iím wondering what I really really need. I want my projects to go smoothly and I know having the right tools makes the difference between being frustrated or enjoying the finished project. All the different saws (table, miter, jig, etc.) are a bit confusing to me as far as possible usage. One saw to do it all would be preferable although I know thatís probably not possible. Iím leaning toward purchasing a 12Ē dual compound miter saw
. Iím just not sure if Iíll need the sliding feature or not. Any suggestions based on my proposed projects would be greatly appreciated. I donít want to overbuy but at the same time, I like convenience and the ability to be able to do things myself. If you can think of any other ďindispensibleĒ tools that would be worth considering Iíd love to hear it. Thanks so much for all your help!