I have an 5 or 6 year old benchtop Craftsman TS (no comments needed here - I understand what's good and what isn't). My question surrounds the depth of the table. There is only about 6" of table space between the front edge and the beginning of the blade on my benchtop. Looking at better contractor saws and cabinet saws, the distance between the front edge and the saw appears to be at least 12".
I'm a little uneasy getting a piece feeling "solid" on the table before I'm hitting the blade to cut. Is this something that I will feel better with in time - or is this small depth one of the big downsides of a benchtop?