Table Saw Tips and Techniques
on April 17 2013
Make your table saw portable and gain even more versatility. Here's how.
• Contractor's saws. You can purchase casters or a mobile base made specifically for your contractor's
saw. Make sure that the base grips the floor securely so the saw doesn't scoot while you're feeding
wood into the blade.
• Jobsite saws. Some manufacturers of jobsite saws also make folding mobile bases that bolt beneath the
tool. To transport your saw, you simply lower the frame to fold it, then roll it on large-diameter wheels
that will handle steps or rough terrain.
On a Wing
Compared to jobsite models, contractor's saws have a much larger table surface, making it easier to control cuts in large work pieces. Most contractor's saw allow you to expand the surface by bolting on auxiliary side tables called wings. Wings are sometimes an extra-cost accessory, and they may be cast iron, sheet steel or made from plywood.
Upgrade to a Premium Blade
The blades supplied with most saws produce acceptable results. For rough carpentry work, you'll probably be satisfied, but they aren't the top-of-the-line models. To get high-quality cuts, consider a premium blade.
A "combination" blade gets its name from the fact that it combines the fast cutting characteristics of a rip blade with a reasonably smooth surface on crosscuts. Choose a combination blade with 40 to 60 carbide teeth.
For the smoothest crosscuts, select a blade with 80 carbide teeth. But if you try to use this blade for rip cuts, it may not eject the chips fast enough, so you'll get slow results and possibly a burned cut.