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Forum topic by Okbowhunter posted 06-12-2018 10:36 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-12-2018 10:36 PM

The Grizzly 1023 table saws have arrived and I will getting mine soon. My question is what should I buy for my saw? I have feather boards and a Gripper to feed stock. I plan on upgrading the blade and getting a dado set, but what are the must haves for a table saw and the wish I got it when I bought the saw items? My initial plans are to build some book cases, an out feed table, and a French Cleet storage system for the garage shop.

Thanks for the suggestions

-- Damon, Oklahoma

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 11:13 PM

If you don’t have one already, a good quality miter gauge like one of the Incra 1000 Series or the Incra V120 or V27.

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 11:27 PM

spend a full day learning everything about table saw kickback and other safety related items (face shield, apron, blade & fence alignment, etc).

-- The Carpenter Bee is derived from the Ancient Greek word wood-cutter

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#3 posted 06-13-2018 12:19 AM

I would buy some wood.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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#4 posted 06-13-2018 12:31 AM

A good miter gauge is a great idea, as are some new blades. If you want best performance, get a good 60T to 80T crosscut/ply blade and a decent rip blade….the 40T Delta 35-7657 from Cripe Distributors is a worthy general purpose blade for $30 too.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 06-13-2018 06:06 AM

A crosscut sled or sliding attachment to mimic Euro style saws.

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#6 posted 06-13-2018 12:34 PM

+1 on the Incra.
I’d add some Boeshield or CRC to keep the table from rusting. You can get a gallon of the CRC product on Amazon pretty cheap and it will last a long time.

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#7 posted 06-13-2018 12:41 PM

A good sheet good blade and materials to start building jigs, sleds, zero clearance inserts, etc.

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#8 posted 06-13-2018 01:34 PM

Zero clearance inserts are a must, make your own and make a bunch. Have one for each width of blade you use and for different width dados and angle cuts.

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#9 posted 06-13-2018 01:57 PM

I’ve never needed an aftermarket miter gauge, and certainly have better things to spend ~$100+ on I prefer to soup mine up with an aluminum extrusion, a flip stop, and other things. Check my projects for my writeup.

As far as table saw upgrades, I’d think about a crosscut sled and dust collection.

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#10 posted 06-13-2018 02:11 PM

I agree with the others: a good miter gauge (one where you can easily make small adjustments), zero clearance inserts for the standard blade and stacked dado blades, push sticks, a router table fence, maybe a Wixey for setting blade angle, a good combination blade, cross-cut sled, tapering sled, tenoning jig, setup jig that uses a micrometer to measure blade and fence to miter slot alignment, hmmmm what else?

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#11 posted 06-13-2018 04:46 PM

I plan on a good combo blade and have a dial indicator to set the saw up. Forgot about the miter guage. Thanks for the ideas. Looks like a trip to Woodcraft for the Fathers Day sale LOL.

-- Damon, Oklahoma

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#12 posted 06-13-2018 04:51 PM

I would buy some wood.

- AlaskaGuy

I second this bit of sage advice.

Start working, and you’ll find out what you need/want!

-- Pete

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#13 posted 06-13-2018 04:57 PM

A new saw would give me wood.

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#14 posted 06-13-2018 05:03 PM

Love these questions!

Jonah makes an awesome point about not needing a miter gauge. That said, I would buy one. The Incra V27 is a no-brainer, the other versions do not add as much value. You can add a few custom faces to the V27 and it is very accurate.

A crosscut sled is a must.

A good blade is a must. Lot’s of opinions there. I just bought a WWII 40-tooth and am SO GLAD I did.

That saw is a great value, comes with a good fence.

Holbs comment about spending a day is good. Maybe two days. You don’t need much for cabinets unless you are getting fancy with them. Cut wood, use the stock blade for that project so that you appreciate a better blade in a month or so. Otherwise, it will be more difficult to know when a blade is not as good anymore (dull or something else).

The Dewalt Dado is a heck of a value. Knotscott led me into that direction wisely.

I might be wrong about this, but I see ZERO value in zero clearance inserts. I’ve used several, made my own, and made such a wide variety of cuts, and I cannot say that I ever benefitted or suffered from a gap between the blade and my insert. The blade, alignment of the saw, feed rate, and material have to be more important than that.

Buy a few different types of wood so you know how they work and how feed rate changes with each. It is good practice and learning.

Congrats on a shiny new tool!

-- I'd like to see a forklift lift a crate of forks. It'd be so damn literal!

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