When it comes to fine woodworking, most people wouldn’t consider a portable table saw and I think that’s an injustice there are many portable table saws that are more than capable of the accuracy required for fine woodworking.
Perhaps you have a small workshop, i.e. your garage, you don’t have the space for a dedicated cabinet table saw, you need mobility and storage and this is where a portable table saw really shines.
So don’t let space hold you back here are our picks for the best portable table saw for fine woodworking.
My top picks for the best portable table saw for fine woodworking
I’ve put together my top choices to help your decision, I’ve looked at accuracy, cutting depth, heavy duty mitre slots, sturdy stands, accurate rip fences, and whether the table saw will accept a dado stack.
All the things you would look for when creating cabinets and furniture.
I’ve got four fantastic table saws, but for me the one that stands out is the DeWalt DWE7491RS, it just ticked all my boxes, a fantastic mitre and fence system, with accurate blade adjustment controls.
It also accepts a dado stack, you will need to purchase the Dado Throat Plate (DWE7402D1) to accommodate the extra width.
Here are my choices and why I felt they were perfect for fine woodworking.
Perhaps one of the best table saws for the money on the market today. This is a fantastic tool. Out of the box the DWE7491RS can handle widths up to 32.5 inches and has a rip capacity of 3 ½ inches.
It has a collapsible stand that is incredibly stable, a feature that is ideal for a small workshop. You can transform this table saw into a rolling hand truck in a matter of minutes.
A fantastic feature of this DeWalt table saw is that it can accept a dado stack, so you won’t have to do multiple cuts with a cross cut sled, you’ll get repeatable and accurate cuts from your dado stack when creating dados and rabbets.
That said to allow a dado stack you will need to purchase DeWalts dado throat plate to accommodate the additional blade width.
I fell in love with this portable table saw while testing, that it’s now my go to for my small shop.
- Accurate and stable fence
- Stable stand
- Accepts a dado stack with a dado throat plate
- Can’t use existing accessories from earlier models
- Must purchase accessories separately
- The Rockwell RK7241S has a larger rip capacity
Bosch Power Tools Tablesaw 4100-10 - 15 Amp 10 In. Corded Portable Jobsite Table Saw with Gravity Rise Wheeled Stand - Ideal for Heavy Duty Cutting, Home Builders Review
- POWERFUL 10 IN. WORKSITE TABLE SAW: Features 15-amp saw that delivers 4.0 max HP and 3,650 RPM, for the power required for ripping, rip-cutting and cross-cutting fine and rough-carpentry materials
- LARGE CAST ALUMINUM TOP: Provides increased workspace and material support with a 25 in. ripping capacity to cover all typical jobsite rip-cutting widths
- PORTABILITY: Works seamlessly with the included lighter GTA47W Gravity-Rise Wheeled Stand for easy jobsite mobility, with single-action setup and take down
The Bosch 4100-10 is a solid piece of kit, you won’t regret purchasing one. It’s been designed to handle heavy use under jobsite conditions.
Unlike the DeWalt this comes with all the accessories you could dream of, including a T-slot miter gauge and Bosch’s innovate smart guard safety system.
Safety is key and Bosch has your safety at the forefront of their minds with this table saw.
Like the DeWalt above this table saw can accept a dado stack, but it will need a dado insert
I loved the Bosch 4100-09 and this is even better, it’s accurate, comes with loads of accessories, can create dados and rabbets quickly and accurate… seriously what more could you want?
How about time saving? With Bosch’s gravity rise technology setting up and breaking down this table saw is incredibly quick and easy.
- Loads of accessories
- Accurate and fast
- Accepts a dado stack but will need a dado insert
- Gravity rise system saves time when setting up and packing away
- It’s a little small, but that’s the price of portability
- Heavy duty, yet versatile and light weight for the jobsite, work shop, or cabinet shop
- Most cutting depth of any saw in its class
- Folding fence for extra wide cuts. Maximum cutting depth at 90°: 3 9/16 inches, Maximum cutting depth at 45°: 2 9/16 inches
As you can see in our review, we love this table saw, it has the largest rip capacity of all the portable table saws I’ve listed for fine woodworking however does that matter? Do you really need the ability to rip a 4×4 in a single pass?
However it’s 30 inch capacity… yeah that’ll do for cabinetry
This table saw is also unique in that the riving knife, anti-kickback pawls and blade guard are all connected and removed as a single unit.
If you do removing them you will need to install it’s separate riving knife, which odd, but not difficult.
This table saw does take a dado stack, it can handle a stack up to half an inch, which is a good size.
Plus it’s incredibly portable!
- Excellent dust removal
- Incredible rip capacity
- 30 inches of width for cuts
- Accepts a dado stack
- While it accepts a dado stack you are limited to ½ an inch
- Adjusting the blades alignment is a “unique” process
- 22 kg unit weight and optimised footprint make this the most portable saw in its class. Shoe bevels 0° to 45° for beveled cuts
- Steel roll cage protects saw against jobsite drops and impacts, Rack and pinion fence system, front and rear fence lock and large, clear scales combine to give an extremely accurate and easy to use saw
- Powerful 1850 Watt motor for high performance in all applications (1300 Watts 110 version for UK Only)
This Dewalt is an amazing work horse, it doesn’t take a dado stack but you can just use a crosscut sled and accurate measurements.
It has a smaller width for cutting than the table saw’s above, handling only 20 inches of width.
It’s a powerful table saw producing 3850 RPM of blade spinning motion and is a favorite among woodworkers due to its price point and features, but for fine woodworking and cabinetry there are other better table saws out there, well listed above actually
With tool free adjustment and telescoping fence system, this is an excellent table saw.
- Transparent blade guard with an anti-kickback mechanism
- Easily make accurate adjustments to the fence and blade angle
- tool free adjustment
- Does not accept a dado stack
- Smaller ripping width
I’ve mentioned a few times in the article that my favorite choice in this is the DeWalt DWE7491RS, but that’s not to say that the other choices aren’t worth considering, you’d be happy with the Bosch 4100-10 or the Rockwell RK7241S.
Both are fantastic table saw’s and worthy alternatives.
The only reason I haven’t mentioned the DeWalt DW745 as a worth alternative is simply because it doesn’t accept a dado stack, making more work when it comes to rabbets and dados, you can use a crosscut sled, making multiple passes to get the dados and rabbets you are looking for.
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