Lots of things keep me busy but woodworking is one of my favorites. Here's the build of my teardrop camper. I'll share all my custom tooling and critique my design decisions here as I go. I'm a software engineer, not a cabinet maker, so I continue to learn as I go and reserve the right to get smarter.

This is one of my most valuable tools.  I can quickly cut long boards and plywood with a clean straight edge.  I used to have a Craftsman table saw (not the new cheap crappy kind made of aluminum) but a 50 year old table saw with a milled steel table.  That table saw was picked up at a tag sale for $25 and served me well for about 5 years.  The thing that made me want to upgrade was the unreliable fence.  I was always clamping fences onto the saw or braces to hold the fence in place and that REALLY slowed me down.  I like this table saw because the fence is solid and stays where you clamp it.  It has good power and is mounted on a good frame that lets you roll it right to where you need it and then into a storage location when not in use.

If you read up on them there are tons of uses for a table saw.  I would consider this a must-have tool for a Pietenpol or teardrop builder that comes in handy all the time for all kinds of other home projects.  Great for cutting rabbet joints and slots with a Dado blade, cutting angles, and cutting coves (like this neck support I use when working on guitars) that I cut with my table saw.

Ratings for Porter Cable 10″ Table Saw (1 to 10 – 10 is best)

  • Usefulness: 10
    • Price: 7
    • Quality: 8

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