I am trying to decide which way to go for my first real major piece of equipment (the drill press is supposed to arrive tomorrow -- woohoo!) and I would appreciate feedback based on your experiences. I have been lurking on the forum for a couple months now and really appreciate the time you take helping each other out. Would you recommend starting with a bandsaw or a tablesaw?
I know the conventional wisdom is for a tablesaw, and I have wept with appreciation at some of the photos that have been posted of various tablesaw setups. My most immediate projects in sort of prioritized order include making a router table, some adirondack chairs for the patio I toiled over this summer, a small sailing skiff, maybe a bed for my youngest, small arts-and-crafts type tables, and some bookcases. Who knows what will come along in 2010 when I am done with all that. It seems to me that I could get a lot of mileage out of a bandsaw in there. How well can you rip with a bandsaw? I have a copy of Lonnie Bird's Bandsaw Book, so I know you have to correct for blade drift. Can you do a decent enough job for things like bookcases? Or should I just count on getting a tablesaw to do those projects? Thanks in advance for any thoughts you care to share.