Thought you too would crack up at my "newbie" excitement...
 
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OK, you two seasoned carpenter's will laugh at me, but I'm all excited to have my first serious woodworking tool added to my garage -- nothing special, just an extendable Craftsman 10' table saw...
 
 
My first project was to make this framed window pane to more nicely close the space in my garage window when I have the 12,000 BTU air conditioner mounted in the Summer months. Obviously, it's nothing too fancy (it was my first project with the saw): just ordinary pine with rabbet cut joints [using the Dado blade] -- brad nailed and glued together -- slotted pain groove (sealed with silicone), lightly stained/urethaned and secured with outer foam weather stripping and fasteners to the window (for security)...
 
 
This weekend I'm starting my second [more complicated project] -- a prototype gun display case for my BB guns in the garage (I sound like a red neck now); building this one before I start the larger one for my "antique" blackpowder Kentucky rifle and pistol I plan to display in the house -- with fancier finger/box joints, routed trimmings, glass, brass hinges and locking latches. Of course, now I must buy a router and routing table -- darn the luck -- Lisa's gonna "love" this new hobby! Anyway, I'm fabricating a wooden jig tonight for the table saw to start the finger/box joints -- I'll let you know how it comes out and share the design if you're interested. May even consider dovetails if I get the router/routing-table in time.
 
Other projects planned: Barrister's bookshelf (love those things), china/serving table and then a custom entertainment center. Like I needed another hobby! Never-the-less... may be calling you guys for tips shortly!
 
Gary
 
P.S. -- Dad, you might want to check your table saw manual -- mine clearly stated NOT to use the "wobble" (or single-blade) Dados and not to exceed -inch dado cuts. I opted to get a stacked Dado set at Harbor Freight -- on sale for $17.99 -- works great! Can cut any width from 1/8" to 15/16" (with shims as precise as 0.05).