I have taken a day hiatus from photography to read table saw reviews online. Like any product on the Internet, there are dozens complete with price quotes and honest testimonials. I am not in the market for one as I just inherited a very good unit from an older relative. It came with a note to try my hand at making my own frames. When you do as many weddings as I do (these events pay the bills), you can spend a bundle on framing. I like to present every couple with a memento of their special day. The rest of the photos go in a white leather bound album. I thought my relative hit the nail on the head. I could benefit from his thoughtful bequest. Thus I am reading and reading.
Some websites boast of the research they put into their reviews and I gravitate toward them. In surveying the Web on the subject, I found a great tool site that included a fine table saw just like mine. I agree with one review in particular: they say a bad workman blames his tools. Apparently from the responses of visitors this is so true. Hence the need to upgrade your gear to something that can perform to top standards. You want a table saw that is durable and reliable first and foremost or you will never get the results of a professional. I probably am still in the do-it-yourself category but I am aiming high. I hope with my new equipment that I can make perfect frames. I would like to fabricate a few options in different styles and stains. Wood is a very flexible material and is easy to manipulate any way you like. I can do traditional curved sides or flat modern ones. If I don’t want the usual blonde or mahogany colors, I can cover the wood slats with shiny enamel.
Many couples specify the kind of mood they want to create with their wedding photos. Some want to go full color while others want sepia or other monochrome. Some want a romantic mood with mist in the distant background and others prefer something close to a documentary approach. Of course, the frame must suit the final results. My gift of a framed wedding photo must show my artistry and great eye. Now the question is whether I have a steady hand with a saw. To be more specific, I have to master a professional grade cabinet saw assembly with a fifty-two inch T-glide fence system, rails, and extension table. You see that I am learning my stuff. Not only do I know how to describe my saw, but I can use it for my new side gig. I have loads of practice frames to prove it.
Now I have an attractive display of frame samples mounted on a wall in my workroom. For every wedding that I shoot, I will choose just the right frame. I am beginning to feel like a pro.