I think oak (red, anyway) has a bad reputation because during the '80s and '90s, it was a go-to material for kitchen cabinets. My kitchen is full of them. The coarse grain structure lends a 'rustic' feel that many don't care for in so-called 'fine' furniture. Mostly a matter of taste. Oak is otherwise well suited for building things from. There are ways to fill the grain pores to give a smoother texture, but it's difficult to hide the appearance. My preference is to use the grain as a highlight feature, filling it with a color that helps it stand out.
Oh, it smells funny when cut, that doesn't help its popularity.
Thanks for the advice. This seems to be a great saw and all I've seen searching for it is pretty much unanimous on this saw. The only downside supposed is the arbour issue and it seemed to only affect certain models. Should this be a concern? Should I offer 250?
also when I go see it what should I be looking for?
I used this stuff for the hole and disc. This is just an example of what I did, I cut a much smaller piece for the disc as to not waste much walnut. Then I just spent some time shaping it with the drill press sander. I only shot it across the table about a dozen times or so. lol
Thanks, man. It's not 100% gap free, there are a few little spots here and there but they've got to be 1/32 or so. I was thinking about sanding some scrap oak pieces and making my own filler type of thing. Is walnut and oak not a common combination? I just went with it because that's what I had.
When you start talking $300-$350 for an older model contractor saw, why not just spend the extra $200 for the Ridgid 4512. When I first started out I got burned on a couple table saws from CL. If you don't know what to look for and have never set one up properly and old table saw can be unsafe.