Project Guide

How to Operate Your Table Saw

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CONSIDER A PORTABLE TABLE SAW
Consider a portable table saw - Table Saw
  • Portable table saws are designed to transport easily to the job site on wheel stands.
  • Carpenters use them for both general carpentry and trim work.
  • They cut through softwoods easily, but may strain on thicker boards and hardwoods like oak and walnut.
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CONSIDER A STATIONARY TABLE SAW
Consider a stationary table saw - Table Saw
  • Stationary table saws cost more but are more powerful. They also weigh more and vibrate less.
  • Because of the power and weight, they handle bigger boards with ease and can make finer cuts more precisely.
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OPERATIONAL TIPS
Operational tips - Table Saw
  • Expect to fine-tune all the settings when you first get your saw. The saw will work best and be safer when properly set up.
  • Cutting perpendicular to the grain is called crosscutting. Cutting parallel to the grain is called ripping. A combination blade will do both.
  • Some saws have built-in features, such as router tables or a sliding table that moves past the blade and works like a giant miter gauge when crosscutting.
  • A saw is named for the diameter of the blade it uses. Ten-inch saws will cut through a board about 3 inches thick.
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SAFETY TIPS
Safety tips - Table Saw
  • Always use either the miter gauge or rip fence. Never make cuts without some sort of guide.
  • A piece that gets caught between the rip fence and blade will kick back, flying back at you with violent force. Never stand directly behind the blade.
  • Never use the rip fence and miter gauge at the same time.
  • Use the guards that come with the saw.
  • Wear safety glasses, hearing protection and a dust mask. Don’t wear rings, other jewelry or loose clothing when operating your table saw.