To get an efficient yet satisfying cutting, you need to know about table saw basics. Here we are going to have a safe process so you can effectively complete your job.
When it comes to cutting, you have to be serious because it is not like walking in the park. The table saw tool is extremely powerful, so you have to be sure of all perks to make quick and precise work. Here we are going to provide all the tactics that you should follow to make cuts accurately.
Table Saw Basics
Since the table saw is not a basic tool for cutting, it is not easy to use if you don’t know about the tactics. You should be sure about the size or go for the most common one, which is 10 inches for carpentry and woodcutting. However, the 8 inches size is handy, and 12 inches can be used for deeper cuts when it comes to the thick material.
Here we are going to list out the table saw parts:
- It comes with a tabletop which has 3 inches x 3 inches with extension. Typically, a table saw is made of cast aluminum or a cast steel material. Not only that, there are both stationary and portable table saws available.
- Apart from the material, there is a rip fence that is positioned to the saw blade.
- While the blade can be adjusted to lowered or raised through a blade height crank.
- Along with that, it has a miter gauge that helps to make crosscuts.
- No matter what you have chosen, you have to be sure about the accessories, including roller, table extensions, attachments, and clamps.
- Get a push stick that ensures feeding the material into the table saw so your hands stay safe.
- Needless to say, the blade guards encase the blade while it is cutting to offer a measure of protection. Hence, you can keep your fingers in the proper way.
Safety should be your first priority; otherwise, you have to face serious injuries. Whether you know or don’t, you should care about yourself while using the table saw. If you don’t properly handle it, you can cut the material in the wrong way. It might be possible you can get a bind or kicked back
To have a safe user experience, you should just follow these steps:
- You should never start your work if you haven’t geared up properly.
- When you are making rip cuts, you should always use the rip fence.
- While cutting on the table saw, you should keep the material flat.
You have to follow all the steps written above to prevent kickback. Not only that, but we also suggest you read the instruction manual. In addition to this, you should wear glasses and ear protection. You should adjust the blade before plugging the table saw so you can get a precise alignment. No need to remove the safety guards.
Making the Cuts
You can make the cuts easily by using the accessories such as clamps, stops, and jigs. You can make cuts such as rip cut, combination, dado, thin-kerf, and more. But you should know about the two basic cuts, such as ripping and crosscutting.
As far as ripping is concerned, it is used to cut the material to get a specific width. Whereas crosscutting is applied to get a specific length.
How to Rip
There is nothing complex while doing rip because you can rip the material easily to get the desired width.
You have to unplug the table saw and adjust the blade. You should fit the blade into the arbor on the top of the table. Then you need to adjust the height of the blade to raise it with no more than ¼ inches of thickness. While doing so, you should use the arbor nut wrench that came with your table saw to loosen the arbor nut wrench that you bring with your table saw. You have to place the rip blade with the teeth facing the machine. The table saw spins towards you from the top down, so the sharp blades must have faced the front of the table saw.
Then you have to set the position of the rip fence. You can do it by releasing the locking lever on the front of the fence. It makes the fence lock. After that, you have to slide it to its inner edge so you can get a perfect width. You will see that a ruler on the front of the table saw. You have to slide to its inner edge to get a precise position. And, you should get a precision tape that measures the distance from the fence to the closest edge of your saw blade teeth.
In this step, you have to plug in the table saw and place the material that you need to cut. You should align using the rip fence. You are not allowed to touch the blade. Here is one thing about the material: don’t make contact with the blade before reaching cutting speed.
In this step, you have to use a push stick, so your fingers keep away from the moving blade.
When it comes to the push stick, it is manufactured to guide the material when you are making narrow rips. So you should keep your fingers within a few inches far from the blade to get the job done.
All in all, we have discussed all details for the table saw basics. Now you can use the table saw confidently and properly, so you will not get injured. No matter whether you are professional or not, make sure you have properly geared and read all the instructions from the user manual. Besides that, if you have any questions, then you can comment below.