The wood I get is already planed, MM. The biggest problem with it is the edges. There are some boards that don't have a perfectly straight edge. I use a block plane. Two or three swipes usually takes care of it. Ripping and crosscutting doesn't take much time at all.
Originally Posted by MapMan
Of course, in my dream shop I'd have a joiner.
one thing to consider is arbor/ how long is it? can you use a dado blade. as for fancy get a belt driven,the miter well I welded mine in a 90* dregree I don't miter boxes it makes bee boxes. as for price older craftsman work great less plastic. got one for under 50.00 no need to make fancy box joints a rabbit joint holds as well. most newer saws don't have the arbor shaft to use a dado blade,those table tops wont hold up long and if your blade gets little dull forget sawing then.