I have posted in the past and you guys always seem to have good advise. I
am about to build a dedicated home theater in my home. I need to purchase
some power tools. Namely a table saw and miter saw. I can either get both
sacrificing some quality or forgo the miter and just get a nice table saw.
What advise would you have for this ?
I thought a miter would be nice for crown molding and other cuts of that
nature but certainly do not want to spend the money on a miter if the table
saw can do what the miter can do. I know a radial arm saw would be nice but
I do not have a dedicated shop yet for such a rig. Any advise you may have
would be appreciated and would certainly help me make up my mind.
Thank you so much in advance.
Table saw can run from $99 to $2200. Depends on just what you intend on
doing and if this is a one shot deal or a lifetime hobby and how thick your
wallet is. .
Miter saw are good for crown molding, but if this is a one shot deal with 10
or 12 cuts, use a hand saw. Miter saws are better than table saw for crown
If you have both of the above, a radial arm saw is not needed. RAS can do a
lot of things and has a big fan club, but it is a minority in woodworking.
BTW, are you going with 6.1 or 7.1 for the surround sound? Seems as though
7.1 is going to be the future but nothing is made to play on it yet.
Buy any table saw that has a Unifence on it.
A good fence is the heart and soul of a table saw.
Personally, I'd buy a Delta contractor's saw package when it is on sale,
build a couple of sleds to handle the miter requirements and take a wait and
see posture on the miter saw.
BTW, go read F Bingham's book, Practical Yacht Joinery for some tips on how
to save some money.
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A table saw is best for rip cuts. A miter saw is best for cross cuts.
It can be a pain to crosscut on a table saw, although it can be done
with some kind of sled or jig. A radial arm saw is perfect for
cutting dados in long stock. Personally, I'd go for the best quality
table saw I can afford, then put off getting the miter saw. The table
saw is often the key power tool in most shops.
There is nothing a Mitre saw or a radial arm saw can do that you could not
do on a table saw,
Including crown moulding,
Sometimes it is easier or more convenient to cut mitres and crown moulding
with a mitre saw but not that difficult with a table saw
With the options you asked about go for the better table saw and learn how
to use it.
I spoke to my father last evening (he has been doing woodworking over the
past few years since retiring) and he is a table saw "biggot" and of course
he told me to go with that. I knew he would say that but wanted some
outside opinions. Seems you guys feel the same way for the most part.
I have done some construction before at my previous home. I built a 1100 sf
two story garage but it was mainly framing of course and I used a circular
saw for all of it. I was wanting for a table saw on a couple of things but
doing finishing work inside on a project such as the home theater is a whole
differant ball of wax. I guess up front I will get a better table saw and
see if I can do the few mitre cuts on it with a proper angled fence before
buying a dedicated mitre saw.
To Ed. The theater will be wired for Dolby 9.1 (future spec) so I will be
covered although I will be initially going with 7.1. I have also made the
speakers myself from www.speakerbuilder.net . I made the Dayton DIII's for
the main front speakers to see if I could get good sound from them. I was
simply amazed when they were complete. They sound better than any store
bought speakers I have heard in the $1,500 range and only costed me about
$250 in materials including the piano black finish. I am now making the
center channel using specs from another DIY speaker site utilizing Audex
components. The surround speakers will also be Audex components and another
DIY project. I have drawn up the complete theater in AutoCAD and am having
a good time with the whole thing as I have learned many things during the
past year on making cross-overs, construction techniques for sound proofing,
and ceiling mounted projectors. I will be getting a Panasonic ceiling
mounted projector that will display a 100" picture on a DIY screen in the
proscenium. A 6" riser will be in the rear of the theater so the back row
will be elevated for a clear view. Sorry to ramble on but this project has
consumed me this past year and I am excited to get construction under way
Thanks to all that have responded and I appreciate you taking the time to
answer my questions, it has helped me to decide on how to proceed. I am up
this morning early ! I have a thumper of a toothache !!!
Build a miter sled. I can get 99% perfect miters out of my incredibly
crappy table saw. If I had a real saw with much less slop everywhere, I
feel certain that I could get absolutely perfect miters every time.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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