How to Get Most Out Of Your Table Saw

Introduction In woodworking shops, you will see a table saw. Now standard in many home's garages not just for woodworkers, but for your average handym


In woodworking shops, you will see a table saw. Now standard in many home’s garages not just for woodworkers, but for your average handyman. Table saws can provide the average homeowner many uses. Boards can be ripped to width and stock can be cut to length by crosscutting. With the correct jigs, with your table saw you can cut tapers or raise door panels.

The Proper Blade

The proper blade for your table saw is not one blade does all scenario. The two primary blades are made with 60 to 80 teeth for crosscutting and 30 teeth up to ten inches in diameter for ripping boards to width. If you are cutting plywood or other type materials, it is best to use a specialty blade made for that cutting that specific material. For general purposes, a general-purpose blade is an excellent choice because it can be used in cutting many types of cuts and can be used on various materials.

Make Sure Your Table Saw Has Enough Room

When setting your table saw your shop, you should allow at least four inches on either side of the blade. You should also allow eight inches in front of the blade and eight inches behind the blade.

Outfeed Support

Longboards and sheetrock can be bundle some enough to control when cutting. If you do not have support on the exit end, the saw can lift up, as you are in the process of completing the cut. Installing an outfeed extension will prevent the lifting up of your table saw and allow the operator to make safe cuts.

Keeping Your Table Clean

Keep a shop vacuum handy to suck up all the chips and sawdust that builds up on your saw’s tabletop, miter slots, and fence. After vacuuming, apply a coat of paste wax to your table’s top. Also, the coating from the paste wax will assist in rust prevention on cast-iron surfaces.

Dust Collection

In your shop where your table saw is located, it is imperative to have a way to control dust in the shop. Your shop will stay clean, cleanup will be easier, and your shop environment will be much healthier.

For permanent table saws, a dust collector or a cyclone collector works best for dust control. Dust is sucked by way of a hose attached to a port on the side of your table saw.

Use of A Pushblock When Using Your Table Saw

A pushblock for your table saw holds the wood stock firm while you cut. A pushblock will give you extra grip so you can avoid wood gashes and bounce back of the wood stock. Also, a pushblock can give you better control with keeping kickbacks at the minimum when you are cutting with your table saw.

Setting The Correct Blade Height

A table saw blade should be set high enough to run cool without burning. However, the blade should not be at a height that would be a safety hazard. For a general rule, the blade height should be raised where one full sawtooth is showing at the apex.

Using An Aftermarket Miter Guage

For solid support for larger boards and more better accuracy consider buying an aftermarket miter gauge. A miter gauge with an adjustable stop block will give the ability to cut multiple pieces to the exact same length.

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