It looks like this is the monthly question, but I'd love to get your input
on my specifics.
Woodworking-wise, I'm a newbie. I had a few woodworking classes in high
school/college, and some early exposure to carpentry (I "helped" my dad
built an addition to the house when I was a younger.) But I've never built
a piece of quality furniture.
Ultimately, I would like to build cabinets, bureaus, bookcases, an
entertainment center, desks, etc. I'm not a home owner yet but will
eventually buy a mass-produced home (as opposed to building myself) and
envision adding the finishing work (wood trims, built-in cabinets,
coordinated furniture, etc.) to give it a more, architectural-designer
On the reality-side, I'm starting my shop in a 14' x 17' maintenance room of
my apartment building. (My wife manages the apartment complex we live in,
so I have free reign of the room.) The room has a single 110 outlet, but
the maintenance guy is helping me install a 220 and another 110 outlet this
week. I have an odd assortment of tools (a drill, a handsaw, some clamps,
levels, squares, wrenches, etc. and a good shopvac.) but otherwise I'm
starting from scratch.
Because I don't have any experience sharpening and using woodworking hand
tools (which seems really important) and because I have a ton of other stuff
to learn (wood characteristics, hardware and finishes oh my!), I'm hoping to
reduce the handworking by focusing on accurate cuts in the first place. I
would like to be able to cut joints once and put the pieces together with
minimal to no hand tooling. (I know this is unrealistic to some extent but
I don't know how unrealistic.) If I focus on making good measurements and I
buy an accurate table saw, is this a reasonable expectation?
Based on the reviews I've seen, web searches, etc, and a lot of reading in
this news group, I think the following table saws might satisfy my
requirements. (With any one of these, I would take a 30" fence, add a
mobile base, a router table extension and a Forrest WWII blade.)
In order of preference:
General International 50-850 ($649)
Grizzly G1023SL ($895) - cabinet
Grizzly G1022PROZX ($645)
Powermatic 64A ($750)
Price is an issue but it's a close second to my desire to turn projects out
From what I've gathered, I'm tending toward the GI 50-850. I have a local
General/Powermatic distributor, which would make proper adjustment easier to
obtain (get their help, resolve problems, etc), and the distributor claims
the GI 50-850 is the same unit as the Powermatic 64a, just better priced.
On the other hand, I've read a lot of good comments in this group about
Grizzly and there's always a lot of hoopla for cabinet saws. Given the
price of the G1023, it perks my interest (if not my wallet).
Can you give me any feedback or comparisons on these saws? I didn't see
many comments about the GI in this forum. What do you think of it?