Hello again, just wanted to post an update to the 'Help I'm scared of the Tablesaw' issue a few weeks ago.
Thanks to everyone for the excellent advice. I took most if it - and it's really helped. First, I checked the blade alignment with the miter slots and found it was out by about 3/32". And here I was aligning my rickety old fence to the slots for every cut! Also bought a NEW FENCE. I'm originally from Canada and found a Canadian site advertising a 40" capacity fence for $182 US (including shipping). Anyway, after finding some positive reviews I ordered one, put it on, and it works great! My Grizzley feels like a new saw, and no more fiddling. (The fence is called 'Accusquare', www.thesawshop.com is where I got it. I'm a miser at heart and love to share the discoveries tight budgets promote.)
I also made a big beautiful double featherboard, and bought a special pushstick. Finally, I've tried to design my projects with fewer huge pieces until I get more practise making the long rips - the circular saw will do for the time being.
Yippee! Now I look forward to getting in the shop and using the saw. (Even if it's just to play with the super-fence.)
Thanks again for the helpful hints on getting comfy with the TS. I enjoy reading this forum every day, everyone is so articulate and positive. Very different from a regular woodworking forum where I'd go by 'JR' - sounds masculine enough, doesn't it? Hee hee hee.