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    Restoration for now, building my skills as I am a beginner.

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  1. I have been looking at small table saws, mainly the Dewalt dw745, because my old craftsman 10" is wearing out and becoming dangerous to use. This seems to be the one that gets good reviews, however, I see it does not have the capacity to install a dado as my craftsman did. Doing so few projects, and not really using the dado much, I would tend to use the router if I needed one for rabbets, etc. Would you consider this to be something you could live without. Do you have any other recommendation of a table saw in this price range. Price is my biggest concern at this point, next would be spac
  2. Thanks, everyone, for the advice. I have learned something valuable... everyone has an opinion. Regardless, I have a greater knowledge of who likes what and why. Therefore, I may make a better informed decision. When I started this thread, I really was wanting someone to make the decision for me, however, after much discussion, I can make my own decision based on better information. Thanks all. Aaron
  3. "It really depends on what you build" Most of what I have done since starting any woodworking has been refinishing, mostly replicating and reshaping damaged profiles, however, I have built a few small projects. I have a porter cable 690 and love it, but again some of the applications would really be easier with a table. Based on what you are saying, "the table is the most important," would I be better off with a phenolic rather than High Pressure Laminate.
  4. Wow!! Thanks for all the great tips and advice. Very much appreciated. What about material for plate. Phenolic or Aluminum? Does one have an advantage over the other? Looks like Rockler is aluminum, with the lift option. However, Kreg is phenolic without a lift.
  5. What about t tacks or miter slots? Kreg seems to have both where the Rockler has only t tacks on table and one on very top of the fence.
  6. Thank you Cochese, I did not realize that was an option. Not a bad price either. Does anyone think the table saw like fence on the Kreg has an advantage over the Rockler. Does anyone know if it really does stay truly square to the miter slot? Does the additional micro adjuster work well? I had my heart set on the Rockler, until I reconsidered the Kreg. Now I am at a crossroad. Ugh.
  7. I am in the market for a new router table. I have about $500 to spend so I was wondering, what do you find more important, having a lift or a good fence. The reason I ask is... I am looking at either the Rockler 59870 or the Kreg Precision table. The Rockler incorporates a lift system for the router, however, the ability of the Kreg fence to act as a jointer, plus the 4 1/2 star reviews are swaying me toward that option. BTW, this will be my first "good" router table. Please let me know what you think. Thanks, Aaron
  8. Hi folks, I received a bunch of Rockler gift cards this Christmas, mostly because I was looking for a router table. I was just going to get a basic table, however, If I buy the whole package, I can save about one hundred bucks. Buying the table, stand, fence and lift all in one. How important is a lift? would the one I am looking at be satisfactory? If I don't get a lift, will I regret it and want one later. BTW, this is my first router table other than the 1970 aluminum, not flat, craftsman I had borrowed from a neighbor. This is what I was considering. http://www.rockler.com/r
  9. I'll post picture when I get back to the basement this evening. Thanks.
  10. Hi folks, I am refinishing an old drop leaf table. I began last summer with the pedestal and legs and took off the destroyed veneer top on one leaf. Anyway, I was not able to get back to this project until now. The two other leaf panels are nice and flat and the veneer is good, however, the panel I took the veneer off of is cupped. Is there a way to fix this? I don't have much equipment other than hand power tools and don't really wish to make a new panel. Is it possible to sandwich between plywood or 2x4's? I can see on the back side there are some gaps in between the glued up boards
  11. Okay, now after applying the grain filler, I now know that the photo above is where the veneer wore through, probably water damage.. Guess I have more work to, remove and re veneer.
  12. I started over, two thirds the way done with stripping. Is this a natural part of the wood grain in this photo? When I inherited this table, the finish was really bad, especially over these parts where the grain seems to change direction. Is this natural or a flaw in the wood. Also, What type of wood grain filler do you recommend? Should I continue...?