You mentioned that you are handling “large plywood sheets regularly”. Is this for a business or personal/hobby use?
My boyfriend and I are remodeling a cabin and we're building some cupboards, etc. Attached is a picture of something I've recently built - a kitchen nook.You mentioned that you are handling “large plywood sheets regularly”. Is this for a business or personal/hobby use?
So for this project (in the picture) I did break down the big 4x8' sheet with a circular saw on a insulation foam pad with a straight edge. So far, I'm good. But in this recent project for example, the final sizing was 72x18 inches and my table saw only went to 12in. hence why I wanted the Kobalt saw, which goes up to 30in.I have no opinion on any of those saws. You seem a little overwhelmed. No problem. We all get that way sometimes. What other tools do you have at home? Do you have a circular saw? Is this your first table saw? Do you have a large shop area to work out of?
Did you consider a track saw?
I will offer some advice on breaking down plywood or sheet goods. Consider breaking down sheets of plywood or sheet goods with a circular saw. Use the table saw for finished sizing.
Now I get it. You have some tools. You have built some stuff. But now have actually ran into the limitation of the tools at hand and need to add the capability.So for this project (in the picture) I did break down the big 4x8' sheet with a circular saw on a insulation foam pad with a straight edge. So far, I'm good. But in this recent project for example, the final sizing was 72x18 inches and my table saw only went to 12in. hence why I wanted the Kobalt saw, which goes up to 30in.
I have most other tools in my shop (large garage with ample space, which will long term be turned into a shop): 7in circular caw, 10in miter saw etc. I want to avoid getting a track saw because so far, a circular saw and a straight edge did the trick.
The project I need a circular saw for is a table top. I am using construction lumber, joined with biscuits to create a 4x4' square table top. But, in order for the top to laminate properly, I need to trim off the round over. And for that I need a table saw with a solid, stable blade and a decent fence that wont move and allow me to make crisp 90 degree cuts on the short ends that are to be laminated. The Ryobi saw I mentioned in the original post moved and left wonky edges - ranging from 95 to 92 degrees - which will result in a very uneven top.
If you are going to do this take a look around your shop at all the work benches and other tools. I made every surface in my shop the same height, the table saw, radial arm saw, work benchs and bandsaw are all level to each other. This allows you to drag a workbench over to the saw to use as an outfeed table or to hold up the side of a sheet of plywood as you rip it down. Then when you're using the chop saw the table saw can be used as a side extension. My table saw sits on a base to raise it up but when I take it off thje base it's the right height to hold the planer so that it's level with the bench and RAS. I still need to build a custom stand for the jointer but that day will come. The point is that if everything is the same height you can reconfigure based on the job at hand using less space to do more.I have seen a lot of posts on pinterest where people have used a compact jobsite table saw and built it into a workbench
Theres not anything wrong with it, its just kinda putting lipstick on a pig. Building a small saw into a larger table does solve the problem of not having enough horizontal real estate on the saw table, and does make it easier to deal with sheet goods in that regard, but it doesnt do anything to help with all the other faults of the saw. Youre still left with the noisy, underpowered motors, poor quality fence systems, occasionally wonky miter slots, garbage blade adjustment mechanisms, etc.One question though: I have seen a lot of posts on pinterest where people have used a compact jobsite table saw and built it into a workbench (for example with other features like a router table or a flip up miter saw). Is there anything in general speaking against using a job saw and building around it, besides maybe the noise?
A suggestion, tablesaws can be cumbersome and not always the best solution for cutting full sheet goods. A full 4x8 can be awkward, heavy, and difficult to keep tight against the fence. I would suggest making a cheap straight cut sled (or a track saw if you have the spare change) for a circular saw and rough sizing the sheet goods, doing the final dimensioning on the table saw. If you are confident you can do all your sheet good cuts with a accurate straight cut sled and a circular saw.Quick backstory: I'm relatively new to table saws and I feel a little overwhelmed looking at the options. I am building custom cabinetry (kitchen and bathroom) and so I am handling large plywood sheets regularly. The two things that are most important to me are:
1. An extension if possible to maximize the surface when I'm handling big sheets.
2. A fence that sits square to the blade and allows for perfectly parallel cuts. I can upgrade the fence later down the line, but an ok fence would be important for now.
3. A blade that does not shake/move.
I bought the 10" Ryobi saw - total piece of crap. No matter how much I tightened the blade, with the pressure of pushing 2x4's through to square them up, it would move and shake, leaving me with 95 degree angles when I was trying to square them up. Plywood worked ok, but thicker pieces were a nightmare.
Then I bought the Kobalt 10" table saw (Model #KT10152) and I am fairly confident in this purchase. It seems like a much more sturdy saw, comes with a 30" extension table and the fence looks much better. But I just cannot understand the instructions on setting up the fence or making the extension work (see video here:). Maybe I'm just an idiot and it's a simple fix...?
So, I wanted to see if any of you can help me figure out what's wrong (is there a trick to it or is it a defective saw?) or if you suggest I just get a completely different one.
If the latter, I am eyeing the Craftsman (Model 113.298032). I found one in my area second hand and it comes with a homemade outfeed table, which could be helful: https://offerup.co/b1PKftEXseb
Does anyone have experience with this saw? What's your experience with the fence? If you think it is a good saw, is 300 a good price including the outfeed table?