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Tips on How to use a Table Saw

How to use a table saw


A table saw is a woodworking equipment which has a  circular saw blade fixed on the arm of the wood that is run by an electric motor. In most cases when one is using a table saw the probability of causing an accident are very low when one follows the right techniques. In most table saws the depth of the cut is varied by moving the blade up and down.  The higher the blade protrudes from the table the deeper the cut made on the material which is mostly wood. The angle of the cut is mostly controlled by adjusting the angle of the blade. 

Table cuts are mostly used in the act being good crosscuts and rip cuts. A crosscut refers to when you are cutting across a short dimension of a piece of wood and a rip cut refers to when you are cutting along the length of the wood. Differentiation in the cuts is made because you have to use different systems in order to get the task well done. 

Types of cuts

The crosscut is the easier of the two types of cuts. For this type of cut, we use the crosscut fence to just push the wood through the cut while maintaining a specific angle. The fence rides on a specific slot of the saw which keeps it indexing off and keeps it running straight at 90 degrees of the blade. The process of doing the cross cut is not technical. You start by placing a piece of wood right up against the crosscut fence and run it through the saw. 

The rip cut, on the other hand, uses the rip fence. The rip fence slides along the rail at the back of the saw and it has a tape gauge which tells you the dimension that you are going to cut on.  The tape gauge is very accurate in its measurements. For example when you fail a six inch you are going to get six inches between the inside of the rip fence and the inside of the is very reliable. 

Safety measures 

Whenever using table saws do not use two fences together.  It creates a dangerous situation that can cause a kickback. At the beginning of the cut it appears to be fine but as you get to the end of the cut and the pics of wood becomes separated, your pushing the cross cut forward and the rip cut begins to tip and turn the back of the blade. The back of the blade begins coming or of the table, with a lot of force the pics of wood gets caught on the blade and kicks back to you. 

In cross cuts you always want one piece of wood to be free to move.  Putting away the rip fence is one way to allow that to happen but you also you don't want to hold the other piece as its going through. Holding one side of the wood is another very important safety measure. The key to a good cross cut is holding the wood down and back into the fence to keep it securely indexed. 

The blade heights

The first setting for blades is just a little bit higher than the top part of the piece of wood you will be working on. This is to ensure in case you slip by accident you won't get a deep cut. The negative impact of this is that it may cause a tear on the boards bottom and it's at a higher chance of kick back. 

The second set up would be setting the blade well above the workpieces top part.  With this, there is a reduced chance of tearing out but it's far more dangerous. When using this method you need to have a lot of experience and be fully conscious of the work. 


That includes almost everything about the powerful tool and it equips you greatly with the knowledge about this tool. Just like for any other tool maintenance is required for the table saw. It is also very necessary when handling this equipment to use all the safety garments in order to have almost zero should also ensure you have that you always use the blade guard. 


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