I recently bought the Bosch JS572EBL, which is one model up from the 470 you were looking at and I love it. It's a bit pricier but still $100 less than the Festool and you don't need an addition $200 accessory kit to get the tilt base.
The only thing I've had to compare it to is a very cheap Skil jigsaw and the difference is night and day. I have medium-large hands and love the barrel grip. The cut is amazingly clean and plumb and the saw is very easy to control.
I enjoy inlay work, too. If you find that you like doing inlay consider this..... I really like a plunge router for inlay work. It is nice to position the router and plunge the bit straight down especially when working with small areas. It is also nice to just release the lock and have the router bit raise itself out of the work. This reduces the chances of gouging the edge of your routed area when lifting the router and a plunge router lets you just set the router right side up on the workbench.
Holly stays white under waterbournes. Some can impart the faintest cool tint but a base coat of super blonde shellac will counteract that. I use M L Campbell products but I have heard good things about General Finishes waterbourne finishes.
Not that I think your primo wood needs any but the water based stains General makes have behaved quite well for me. Easy to handle and no smells plus reasonable prices.
Hey Kev, the nitrile gloves hold up great and it's one of the few places I have found the XL sized ones in stock. The 23 gauge pin gun is worth the $ as well.
Your nearest Store is in Bellingham. I am sure your keen eye will be able to avoid all the crap but there are a few gems to be had .