I should correct this. His comments on the Bosch saw were not a review as such, he was asked a question during one of he guild meetings and gave a detail response on his use of the saw.
Todd mentioned a feature that I thought was a nice touch when I bought my Bosch. The Bosch has the trenching feature also, at least the 12 inch saw does.
In the process of working out the details for a walnut island top. I always knew they wanted a 12" overhang, but I assumed I would tackle the issue by running my 8/4 boards perpendicular to the overhang. Unfortunately, the client wants the boards running the full 63" length instead. This now has me questioning how to support the cantilever, so I dont have a 2' wide walnut top headed back to my place 8 months from now. I would prefer not to route recesses and install metal hardware, but will if thats my only choice. For a 12" cantilever, I can assume I will have 1-2 unsupported glue seams over that span. My friend owns a domino 500, which has me thinking about using it for joint reinforcement in this case. Would a handful of 40-50mm long dominoes provide adequate strength for this scenario? I ultimately think 1.75" thick hardwood with a perfectly jointed gluebond would be able to span that distance without sagging, but I dont want to chance it.
I wanted a caliper for marking out stuff, and found a good one there that also has a pencil clamp on one leg, so now I have a compass, also. And far less expensive than what I see at estate sales and auctions, where the name "Starrett" kicks the price over the moon.
Found they have nice sets of letter/number punches in 1/8" and 1/4" sizes, for marking your tools and work.
Biscuits for biscuit-joining? Who can beat their price?
You can always use both! They compliment each other well. If budget is a concern, accent with Walnut, and base cherry. I generally disagree with the concept that you'd regret either decision. If budget was never a concern, I'd build just about everything out of walnut, but it is, and I am starting like the character of some of my cherry pieces more than some of my walnut.
I do almost always mix the two for things in my house. It helps to bring a hodge podge of wood projects together. Most of my work incorporates walnut, but as a secondary or accent piece. Somehow this works to bring many different pieces together. I have a dining table (gaming table) that is cherry with walnut, a humidor that is cherry with walnut, bed/chest of drawers/book cases that are hickory with walnut. Another bed that is Maple with Walnut....you get the picture. When you move from room to room, the walnut ties it all together, but lets me play around with other species. It helps to avoid getting pidgin holed into one species.
Just some food for thought. In the end, it's your project, and you're the customer. The customer is always right...unless your wife says differently.