Table Saw Basics

Safe table saw use is not only possible, but occurs on a routine basis on homesteads and in workshops across the country. My blade guard is as useless as teats on a bull so I never use it. (delta high carbon splitter rusts faster than I can clean and coat it). Tripping or sliding into a running, or even stopped, saw blade can really create problems, but even slipping and banging your head against the cast iron table can bring on a bad injury. If I had to change belts on my 66″, I would HAVE to remove the dadgum TOP of the saw.

The primary technology used by the majority of table saw manufacturers to prevent table saw injuries is a plastic blade guard. Even when the time comes that I can get a decent bandsaw, I’m hard pressed to picture my shop without a table saw. For cross cuts of narrow material I use a sliding 10″ compound miter box of course and the track saw for wider projects. But looking through Mathias Wandel’s site, I found a couple places where he resaws lumber using his table saw; like here , for example. If all the safety devices are engaged on my saw I don’t see any way there could be kickback. To make the slot in the insert, slowly lower the table as the machine is running.

Ripping long boards is tricky because the board falls off the backside of the table, tempting you to reach over the spinning blade to catch it. To do it safely, you must support the end of the board as it comes off the back of the saw. I guess the first thing I’d have to do would be to open up my wallet to get a track saw, and maybe a domino system, oh and a better miter saw for those cross cuts and bevel cuts (I currently use my miter saw for rough cutting, but all the final cuts are done on my TS). After getting a decent table saw last month there is no way I could get used to not having one again.

A commonly used technique for making repetitive crosscuts is to clamp a gauge block to the rip fence and use that as a stop when repositioning the wood for the next cut. And on the note of modern safety standards,” I can promise all of you that woodworkers 50 years ago didn’t expect us to have access to flesh-detecting technology… but we do! Portable and benchtop table saws are generally the ones lacking sufficient arbor length.

The biggest problem with even the best push device designs is and always has been convincing the woodworker to use them all the time. If you run the crooked edge of a board against the table saw fence, you’ll still have a crooked board when you’re done. A good rule of thumb for safe table saw use is to have the top of the blade about three-eighths of an inch above the top of the wood.

Welcome to Table Saw Basics – a one hour course on using a table saw accurately and safely – a good starting point for table saw beginners, some interesting jigs for experienced woodworkers. Because the waste (cutoff) drops free on the upper side of the blade, it can be thrown off the saw though generally not violently because it is not trapped. Use your free hand to help support the stock and keep it flat against the face of the miter gauge ( Figure 2-18 ). You shouldnt be doing anything on a table saw that even remotely puts your fingers near the blade anyway.

It is so simple to make a jig or push block so that your fingers never come anywhere near the saw blade. However, while there is the possibility for injury while working with a table saw it should not be feared. Both the scale on the saw guard and a height gauge can be used to set the projection of saw blades and other cutters like the dado accessory. For routing a few hose clamps held the rotozip under a plywood table and the 1/4″ collet held the bits.

Saw manufacturers will not make safer products until they are made to, it is not financially feasible to their bottom line. Table saw guards have two basic components: 1) a shield to cover the spinning blade; and 2) a splitter with anti-kickback pawls. The video’s have great information, but you are doing some things in the video that make me cringe (safety wise). That being said I will say that I see some validity to such safety devices being produced. So yeah, if one was gonna cut small stuff, I’d use the bandsaw because its tamer.

Therefore it is imperative that you stick to a regular maintenance schedule if you truly want to be safe when you use your table saw. As a noob” wood worker and somebody who has worked in an emergency room, I feel like the table saw is a necessary evil at times and look forward to the day when I am a bit more comfortable using one. Not being an avid hand tool woodworker, I am gonna have to say NO. And probably will never reach the point where I can do without my table saw. Invert the stock and place it so the pencil mark is in line with the saw blade and make a second pass ( Figure 2-34 ). Keep the fasteners away from the edge where they might come in contact with the saw blade.

It’s such an easy way to get 90 degree corners, repeatable cuts, and with a good hold-down, trimming a little off small parts (I can’t see accurately trimming a 6″x6″ piece with a track saw system). I think a ts 55 festool can do all the jobs a Table saw can but is a lot cheaper for the accuracy u get and removes heavy lifting through the cut. The extension table can be mounted in either the base mount or the power mount to give you extra support where you need it.

Watching the Roubo build and seeing how quickly Marc does the tenons on the legs with the dado stack, and then comparing that to how long it would take to do them with hand tools and/or some other tool like a band saw or router it’s not even close. I think if the California government is going to force the California residence to get rid of their table saws and replace it with a saw-stop, I guess that says to much government interference to me. I love my Laguna table saw that is not going anywhere. I had not seen the saw personally but they did have the weiner video on their website.

It’s when you get the idea that you have just one quick cut to do – something that is not really what the table saw is for, but it’ll do in a pinch here – that you get into trouble. I have a Bosch 4100 contractors saw which I have used for the past 3 years for everything from 12x24x1/4″ picture frames to ripping down the 8/4×8″x8′ stock for the Roubo Guild Build.

Bench Dog’s Feather-loc is a good choice, since it also works well when pushing narrow wood through a router table or band saw. Every review I’ve read of the SawStop has given it top marks for quality of construction and ease of use. Safety features like the SawStop and Air Bags provide peace of mind should an accident occur — the main goal is still the prevention of accidents. Whenever the stock is lifted or tilted above the surface of the table, the saw is able to shake the stock. In the 25 years of our mills operation we have only had 4 saw accidents, 2 on the table saw.

The Woodworker’s Safety Push Stick can safely cut short pieces of wood on the tablesaw as seen in the photo at left. A special insert is necessary, for example, when cutting pieces of wood so thin that the saw blade pulls them down beneath the table. Because there are virtually no minor” hand-to-blade accidents on a table saw keeping your fingers a safe distance from the Danger Zone surrounding the blade should be a primary (and consistent) goal in your woodworking life. Education should be parallel to the use of tools and be paramount for ANYONE who uses a tool of any kind. Use the guards provided with the saw or ones designed for use with the saw that you are using.

If you learn nothing else about the table saw, get it firmly in your head that in a fight between a spinning blade and your fingers, you lose – every time. My Ridgid TS works great and smooth, and it’s got an excellent riving knife and guard and that stuff ain’t coming off the saw at any time. CCOHS is not liable for any loss, claim, or demand arising directly or indirectly from any use or reliance upon the information.

It would cost approximately $100 per saw to put automatic safety technology on every table saw sold in the United States. Remember Norm’s advice, kids: Knowing how to use your power tools properly will greatly reduce the risk of personal injury. When crosscutting extra-long pieces, the extension can span across the table and beyond it ( Figure 2-23 ). When necessary, the extension can rest on the extension table. Use a taper guide as shown in Figure 2-54 The workpiece is placed flush against the leg of the guide.

While there are no universally accepted dimensions that define the Danger Zone, it is easy to avoid through the use of good push devices. Marking your wood will help keep you organized and less confused when you end up with a table full of measured wood pieces and leftover pieces. That means a saw with an outstanding safety feature won’t reach as many people as it would otherwise.