I had a chance to do a little more last night. I had two boards that needed to be ripped down into two halves. While my jigsaw was fine for the cross cuts, it wandered all over on a rip cut. Instead, I ended up using my circular saw, a new Bosch one I picked on sale.
It worked great! About 2/3 of the way through cutting, I remembered that I had bought a dust adapter for it. With that in the shop vac, it was almost dustless. Anyway, I figured this was a better idea than trying any of it on the table saw. Now I just have to get back to the rough jointing...
My daughter just turned 3. I often only get time if she's out with me, and she's always interested in helping. I just wish I could find safety glasses in her size, since she gets mad about being kept further away. She does have her own hearing protection, and she likes to add her own safety equipment (like the helmet).
Awesome. Thanks guys. I'm leaning toward the maple to save some $ since it will be painted but have a soft spot for the cvg Doug fir as I have been using it for other projects. The stuff my lumber yard carries is around 20 growth rings per inch. Decisions decisions. I'll update the project as I move forward.