The earliest examples of woodworking date all the way back to Ancient Egypt. According to cave drawings, wood was being used to build beds, chairs, stools and chests. During this time, Egyptians are also believed to have invented the art of gluing pieces of wood together – a practice that’s known as veneering today. But woodwork perhaps was made most famous in the Bible, where Noah’s efforts at building the ark over the course of 120 years were documented in detail. The directions issued in the Bible required Noah to create a water vessel 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide and 30 cubits high, which would be 450 by 75 by 45 feet when converted to modern measurement methods.
If you’re working out of your garage, you may not have room for a full-size, standalone table saw. There are several tabletop models available that provide a smaller (and typically less expensive) alternative with the same wood-cutting capabilities. However, if you do have room for a full-size model, these are generally more versatile and powerful.
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With a maximum cut depth of 3.125 inches and a 32.5-inch rip capacity, the 10-inch blade of this DeWalt table saw handled all the relatively light-duty board ripping I needed from it, but I also tested it against a variety of plywood and other board sizes to assess its capability. The 15-amp motor is fairly standard for this contractor or job site level of table saw, and none of the boards I threw at it caused it to bind—good news, as binding is at best annoying and at worst dangerous.
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Stephanie Faris is a novelist and business writer whose work has appeared on numerous blogs. She worked for the State of Tennessee for 19 years, the latter six of which were spent as a supervisor. She has written content for entrepreneurs and marketing firms since 2011. In addition to her online content, she is also the author of eight novels for Simon & Schuster, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series.