Thanks for the tip about using the router. It is a great idea that I'd never have thought of myself.
Over the years that little 5 1/2" inch saw has done very well by me. And, when I take my time with it and work carefully it turns in surprisingly good results. When I got the RAS last fall, I could not bring myself to toss out the little circular. Bought it a new blade instead. Now, with its first carbide blade, it cuts better than ever.
Am beginning to see that the key to doing good woodworking is using what you have right and knowing wood.