Last updated on May 2, 2022 4:47 am by the writer.
What are the different uses of a table saw?
A table saw is like big business, with higher risk comes a higher reward.
If you’re wondering – what do you use a table saw for? then these are the popular cuts that you could be doing to increase your DIY capabilities.
Materials you can cut with a table saw
Parts of a table saw you need to know
The master switch turns on the electric motor powering the saw blade.
Smaller blades have a toggle switch that turns the saw on or off, and bigger table saws have bigger buttons at the lower end of the table to be safely reached by your knee in case of an emergency and the need to stop the saw while your hands are busy stabilizing your work.
Provides a smooth and flat surface to work on and ‘slide’ material towards the blade.
Cleaning is crucial so that the tabletop maintains a flat and even surface. This will affect the quality of your cuts, and help avoid sticking or the chance of kickback.
A perpendicular panel or stop that guides workpieces to make accurate straight cuts.
The fence can be moved closer or pushed further away from the saw blade to adjust the cutting width.
4. Fence dog
This part refers to the lever that locks the fence in place.
This is crucial as a moving fence is practically useless and can be an added hazard if unintended movement happens while in operation by accident.
There are different types of blades that you can attach depending on the specific job that needs to be done.
Ripping framing or ripping finishing trim.
6. Blade insert
Also known as the throat plate, the replaceable panel provides an opening for the saw blade to protrude through the table surface for replacement or removal of the blade.
Being removable, the insert also provides access to the arbor when replacing blades.
7. Blade angle adjuster
This helps set how much the blade is angled and is helpful when doing bevel cuts.
8. Blade height adjustment wheel
As the name suggests, this dial is responsible for changing the height of the blade.
This is essential to ensure that the saw will be able to cut through pieces of wood of varying thicknesses.
Ensure safety while working with a table saw
What are the dangers of working with a table saw?
This is characterized by the workpiece suddenly jerking back towards the operator at a high speed.
This happens when the material gets caught or snags on the back of the saw blade.
If you work without wearing the proper protective gear or disregard the correct protocols, you’re at risk of getting all sorts of cuts and bruises.
Even the most experienced woodworkers can accidentally hurt themselves if they aren’t careful. In the worst case, mishandling the tool can lead to an amputation.
Be sure to plug in your saw at a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet when working.
GFCIs work by detecting any sudden change in the electrical current and cuts the power automatically before there’s a possible risk of electrocution.
Cutting a large volume of wood in combination with a fast-spinning saw blade makes the blade expel a lot of sawdust.
When cutting wood remember the importance of wearing a dust mask, so small wood chips don’t enter your lungs.
How to work safely with a table saw?
How to set the blade height?
Learning how to use a table saw involves setting the blade to the right height.
How to set the guide rail position?
Learning how to use a table saw to cut logwood includes getting to know the guide rail well. Some rail guides are not well designed or have become too loose from too much use.
A well-functioning rail guide is what makes the best table saw in my experience, along with all the must-have safety features.
How to secure the wood on the table saw bench?
How to feed the material into the blade?
How to make crosscuts with a table saw?
How I make angled beveled-cuts?
Using a table saw to cut angles is more effective with a miter gauge.
This cut is much better done with a miter saw.
How I cut joints using a table saw?
You can also cut joints when you know how to use a table saw properly.
And if you’re really into wood joinery, here are more wood joining techniques you should learn.
How I cut kerfs with a table saw?
But if you want to try all these cuts but with a limited budget, you can also do so without power tools.
My tips for using a table saw
If you’re having trouble keeping the material firm on the fence or miter gauge, use a feather board to get a straighter and more consistent cut.
You can also clamp on a longer fence or attach one on your miter gauge so that you have more support for any kind of cut.
Conclusion: Take action.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced woodworker, a table saw is definitely something you should have in your workshop because of the added versatility, speed, and efficiency when ripping accurate cuts in timber, compared to a circular saw.
The great almighty table saw is the king of the workshop and helps make clean and precise cuts into a number of different types of wood and aluminum.
With a large blade and a powerful motor, the saw makes the challenge of mowing down thick and heavy lumber like cutting a piece of cake.
Safety should be a big concern here, you can consider a SawStop that retracts the blade if the machine senses any possible contact with your finger or human skin. (Follow the link above or below in the image).
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