Two weekends ago we added another power tool to our collection, a table saw. And we couldn't be happier with it, since it has made working on our fireplace facade project go a lot quicker.
And while it has been more efficient for one of us (mostly my husband) to run the table saw while the other person supports the wood (mostly me) while building our fireplace facade, I couldn't resist trying out the saw for a little project of my own. I'm a lot more comfortable with table saws than circular saws anyway, probably because it reminds me of fond memories helping my dad build stuff in the garage growing up. Also, it helps that the saw blade is stationary, and I don't have to worry about it flying out of my hand like with a circular saw!
But it had been many, many years since I'd operated a table saw, so for my first solo project, I started small, with a little rustic tray for our downstairs bathroom counter top. I modeled it after this tutorial, but tailored the dimensions to hold the three apothecary jars I wanted to place in the tray. Just some scrap wood we had in the garage, a few passes through the table saw (using a push stick to keep my fingers safe when cutting narrow widths), some glue, nails and wood stain, and I had a little custom sized rustic tray (check out the tutorial I linked in for instructions). I even spruced it up further by adding some little green knobs to the sides.