BASICS OF USING A TABLE SAW – If you are really into your carpentry, or you are involved in a diy project that requires a lot of cutting timber then the table saw is one of those diy power tools that will really come in handy.
In this guide you can learn the basics of using a table saw which shows you the two most common cuts, these being a Rip Cut and a Cross Cut.. If you own, or you are thinking about buying a table saw, then be aware that these can be dangerous to use. ALWAYS follow the manufacturers guidelines and safety instructions for use before using the equipment. Note also in the video that the demonstrator always places eye protection on, even though he is wearing glasses, before operating the equipment. Now let’s get to the basics.
A Rip Cut – this is where you cut along the length of the timber or with the grain.
A Cross Cut – this is where you cut along the width of the time or against the grain.
Cutting Timber on a Table Saw
Start by ensuring that the power is turned off. This will prevent any possible accidents.
Lift the blade safety guard and slide your timber next to the blade.
Now adjust the height of the blade so that the gullets of the blade (that’s the curved gaps in between the teeth of the blade) are just above the height of the timber you are intending to cut. By doing this it will ensure that the blade does not get clogged with saw dust, making the cutting easier and cleaner.
Once you have adjusted the blade you can replace the blade guard.
You can now adjust your guide rail to the thickness or depth of the timber you want to cut. The guide rail prevents the timber from moving off line so you end up with a nice straight cut at the measurement you want.
Now turn on the power, place the timber in place and push the timber through the blade gently. CAUTION: Keep your hands away from the blade at all times. Your table saw should come with a push rod – use this to push your timber through the blade and ensure your hands never come close to the blade. Make sure you are wearing eye protection as a table saw kicks up a lot of sawdust.
Take a look at the video above as this provides additional information and techniques for using a table saw effectively and safely.