Blades for table saws need to perform several basic tasks extremely well.
Because table saws are for long cuts, you’ll use them for many purposes and many materials.
Your table saw blade might also need to handle gummier, denser materials like plywood, sheet metal, plastic and particleboard, and you may have a miter saw ready for all the lumber cuts.
Here, you’d use a dedicated blade on your table saw for cutting through tougher material.
It’ you’ll use your table saw four different tasks, particularly if you have other saws available like a handsaw or a miter saw.
Here, you may find your table saw useful for performing one type of cut over another.
For instance, if I set your miter saw up to make crosscuts — that is, cuts across the grain of wood instead of parallel to it — then have a dedicated rip saw blade on your table saw.
Ripping blades have a high feed rate and are useful for long, straight cuts along the wood’s grain, typically to split a long board into smaller parts.
Also likely that you’re looking for an all-around blade for your table saw — one capable of cutting both across the grain and along it. Whatever your preference, a quality blade will make the difference.
Which Saw Blade for Which Work?
We should use a saw blade with fewer teeth and hence wider chip spaces for longitudinal cuts (cuts along the wood fiber)
. When making longitudinal cuts, I made a lot of chips, which can quickly clog the saw blade.
A finer-toothed saw blade is better for cross-sections (cutting against the wood fiber).
This, in most situations, means that work can be done with little to no tear-out.With a push stick, you can save your fingers.
Even if a blade guard is in position, you can avoid placing your hand near the spinning blade.
It just takes a split second of inattention or a minor slip to lose a finger. When ripping skinny bits, push sticks allow you to hold your hands away from the blade.
We spoke with woodworkers who prefer the push shoe style to the push stick.
The handle on the shoe form offers a stronger grip, allowing you to exert more leverage over the wood and reducing the risk of your hand slipping off.
Create a push shoe by following the pattern in fig. A, or you can purchase one from a woodworking supply shop.
Often use plywood for push sticks instead of wood that could break and fall apart when you’re moving.
The only safe way to direct a thin board past a spinning saw blade is with push sticks and shoes. When using the saw, make it a practice to hold a push stick or a shoe within easy reach.
Although there are no hard and fast rules for how narrow of a strip you can rip until you need a push stick, it’s a good idea to set a reasonable distance and stick to it.
If the rip is less than 6 inches deep, we suggest using a push stick.
With a push stick, you can save your fingers.
It’s never a good idea to place your hands near a spinning blade. If you need help to move a piece of wood through a spinning blade, there are many push devices on the market. To be frank, you can either buy a set of push sticks or make your own.
When pushing a piece of wood past the blade, always use a push tool rather than your fingers. Devices with a handle give you more power over the wood. Simple push sticks cannot be able to do this, making them less useful than their more powerful counterparts.
Support long rips with an out feed table
Long boards are difficult to rip because they slip off the backside of the counter, enticing you to reach over the spinning blade to grab them. You must support the end of the board when it comes off the back of the saw to do it safely. To help this “out feed” lumber, you can buy ready-made stands with rollers and other devices.
However, building a small table the same height as your table saw is a better option. Create a permanent out feed platform if space allows. Only keep the lumber supported behind the saw so you don’t have to reach over the blade to catch it.
Install the blade guard that came with your saw
Every table saw comes with a blade guard assembly that includes a splitter and an anti-kickback pawl as standard equipment.
If you’ve forgotten about yours, now is the time to dust it off, find your instruction manual, and reinstall it.
It’s important to keep this safety equipment on your saw in good working order if you want to cut safely. The plastic guard deflects airborne debris while keeping the fingertips away from the blade.
The splitter stops the blade from being pinched and kicking back at you.
The anti-kickback pawl, which has small teeth that catch the board and keep it from hurtling toward you if the blade pinches or connects during the hack, further reduces the risk of kickback.
How do accidents happen?
The number one cause of table saw injuries, according to surveys conducted by people who do this for a living, was familiarity and complacency with the equipment.
Although fear is never a good thing in the workshop, having a healthy respect for your tools and following simple safety procedures is important.
According to reports, most incidents occurred among veterans rather than inexperienced users.
Although correlation does not mean causation, the survey did show that these experienced users were injured while conducting an incorrect action—and not for the first time.