Last Updated on October 7, 2021
Years ago, I bought a table saw for some DIY craft and, discovered that whether you want to rip cut your stuff or cross-cut, this versatile tool will do the trick for you.
What’s else it does?
A lot of other things. I’m sure you are excited about knowing them. So, that’s why I’m going to tell you about the things you can do with a table saw in this article.
Let’s get the show on the road then.
What’s a Table Saw?
Do you know that woodcutters hardly spend their buck on their tool, but when it comes to modifying a table saw they invest most of their money?
Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but that’s a fact. Because this tool does the most productive jobs. Most importantly, the whole woodworking community is bottled up in that table saw.
However, it’s also called a workhorse. That’s because this tool does the most challenging stuff than other wood cutting machines.
Moreover, you’ll see the different sizes and shapes of the table saw in a wood-cutting shop. What they are for?
Well, this tool is generally used for cutting the wood in many designs, shapes, angles, and variations. Accordingly, these require different types of table saws.
Whether you want to do some ripping or some meter cut, this particular tool is the most accurate one to go to and trust m; it’s worth your money.
I presume that you’re thinking about some craftwork or some DIY stuff for you and to evoke the craftmanship in you.
As I am a hardcore DIY fan, I did a lot of stuff with this tool. Such as rip-cut, cross-cut, rabbet, meter-cut, dado, edging the stocks, etc. also you can customize your wood stuff through this amazing tool by catering some shapes. Great!
Things You Can do With A Table Saw
Here are the things you can do with a table saw.
I’ve told earlier that you can rip-cut your wooden stuff with a table saw and for this, you’ll be needing a rip blade. It caters to FTG teeth, which means that all the tops are ground flat.
Many of you might have tried fast rip, and thick stocks with a table saw, but with this rip blade, you can cut across the grain.
However, the main purpose of a table saw in rip cuts is to divide the wood parallel of the wooden grain.
Thus, if you want to sever some pieces of wood parallel or to lift some splinters, then a table saw with a rip-blade is all you need. Initially, a wood grain requires some sort of pointy teeth that a rip-blade offers us.
On the flip hand, cross-cut is typically similar to the rip-cuts. It cuts lumber across the wooden grain, perpendicular wooden surfaces, and shears internal wood patterns. On the contrary to the rip-blades, it needs more teeth and gullets. And it can cut smoother across the woodgrain.
Besides, smaller gullets fast feed as it can render an unpleasant occurrence.
You can do a rabbet with the table saw very swiftly. Wait! You don’t know what’s rabbet?
It’s a step-shaped, two-sided recess cut which can typically form similar cut-edges, attached into another side tongue or edge.
For example, if you intend to attach some edges within your table, you can rabbet your stuff. It’s two-sided and can match to the edge of your table.
Well, this one is used for crafting corners. Basically, it appears in angled-cut on the face and, can form 2 structures that can be connected together to establish a fine corner of your wooden grain.
In total, a sufficient miter cut requires 90-degree angle cuts. Meaning, 45-degree for each.
Its widely done by the potential architectures. However, doing dado means doing the subordinate part of a wall.
When I wasn’t active enough to research (still lazy), I used to think that dado and rabbet is the same thing to mess with.
A rabbet is milled with the wooden grain whereas a dado is milled across the grain. It’s perpendicular to the grain or cut-across you can say.
Anyways, doing some wood stuff on the lower part of the walls can be easily done with a table saw.
Okay, that’s a fin! These are the most common and productive things you can do with a table saw. However, I would conservatively estimate that 90% of the wood projects are relying on this magnificent tool.
Doing furniture, interiors, crown molding, or even straightening any curved surfaces with a table saw is 100 times simpler than other tools as a hand saw.
You can bring out the best out of it in a fraction of time. Hence, if you’re doing wood crafts for long and you kinda enjoy doing it, then you must try table saw.
Although it requires techniques and tricks which can be easily gained with proper practice. Also, there’s a huge room for accidents while working with a table saw. Thus, I want to provide some safety tips to protect your fingers.
8 Safety Tips for You
Here I’m going to share the safety tips with you.
- Have an outfeed table behind your table saw. It stops the saw from falling on the ground.
- Make sure to form a possibility where a blade can kick the material back. Otherwise, God bless your fingers!
- Position yourself in the middle as to bounce back after the front strike.
- Keep push pad and push sticks to prevent minor injuries while working through it.
- You need to wear safety equipment as well. I know it’s can’t be fashionable as your dresses are, but it can save your body.
- Anyways, by safety equipment, I mean protection eye-glasses, accurate clothing, safety earplugs, etc. also make sure you avoid fancy dresses or accessories.
- Well, cleanliness is always necessary. Therefore, do some dusting before the project to prevent any interruption of stocks or cutoffs.
- Lastly, have a glimpse of the user instruction or precautions given in the instruction manual of your hand saw.
It would be good for you if you observed the machine live in action before using it. That will help you to learn the techniques beforehand and prevent any safety hazards
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