While I do think people should hold those that write for a living to a higher standard - why care? I feel like I care less and less about the small things. For instance, grammar, spelling, etc.
I mean, I do not handle abbreviating 3 letter words well. Just type you. Idiots.
Without a doubt it would be a new sawstop for me. That is next on my list after a drum sander. It will be the first machine in my upgrade path. Though, technically I haven't bought a bandsaw yet, I am just using one. But I use it so infrequently I am not sure I care. Though I'll probably get the Grizzly G0555 anyway, which is not expensive enough to really set anything too far back.
Anyway.. Table saw. Cause I have an "ok" one and it upsets me.
Yeah what mkrusen said about the 16/4. My yard doesn't even carry 16/4 but if you did find it locally you would not like the price, I can assure you. The 12/4 at my yard sells for $16/bf. 😲
So let's assume you need 64 bf of 8/4. At $10.90/bf that would come to $697.60. Plus some waste, plus tax, so about $800. ☺
Oak or alder would cost you about half that or less, plus the cost of stain and the PITA of having to stain. Plus it won't look as good as walnut. So flip a coin.