I'd go that one further and say that for furniture you don't need one at
all... unless you're using sheet goods. A bandsaw, or rip and cross cut
handsaws, a rip back saw and hand planes will do ya for dimensioning and
straightening an edge. ;~)
...of course having other handtools would be needed too but such would be
the case with a tablesaw too.
I think it's even more importantto realize that no matter how many
tools you have, it takes skill and experience to make good furniture,
just having the tools won't do it. Expecting to magically create
something wonderful right out of the gate is just setting yourself up
for disappointment. It won't happen.
I've seen some really nice furniture made on a ShopSmith but it wasn't from
mine. The guy I'm thinking of was meticuous about set, calibration and
patience. Start with a price range and repost. You're likely to get a
better response. In any event, be safe.
Any one that cost from about $800 and up from Delta, Jet, Grizzly, General.
Many styles to choose from. Next is to get a good blade for it from Ridge
Carbide, Infinity Tools, Forrest, etc. Figure $50 to $120. You also need
some skill that has to be acquired from practice. If you don't know how to
use the saw, even a $2500 will not work well for you.
Find a contractors saw with a cast iron top. No aluminum!!
Mine works well for me (could use a smidge more power) and I have made a
bunch of "somewhat decent furniture".
Ignore the tool snobs that think you need to drop a $K on a saw.
How much $$$?
A cabinet saw is better than a contractor's saw. Look for one with a
large cast table, dust collection, heavy triunion, excellent fence.
Stay away from benchtop models (unless you are making doll furniture.)
Top of the line: PM 6 (USA) or General (Canada).
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