Table saws are essential power tools in any type of woodworking shop. There’s no doubt about how powerful and accurate these saws can be, when used properly. But the hard part of that equation is actually using the saw the way it was intended to be used. If you’ve been thinking about getting a table saw, make sure that you’re familiar with how to use it the right way.
Here are a few quick tips about using a table saw correctly.
- Check the blade. Before you even think about cutting any lumber, make sure that you have a sharp blade installed. You should also make sure that it is installed snugly, so you cut straight. This is essential for safety, too, so be sure that you spend a few minutes inspecting the blade.
- Check the material. If you’re going to cut lumber or other building material, make sure that you inspect it before you cut. Look for knots, nails, screws or anything else that might interfere with your cut. It’s easy to rush right into cutting, but taking a few minutes to check out the wood you will cut is essential for being safe and efficient.
- Engage the blade. You should be sure to squeeze the trigger to get the blade engaged before you start cutting. This will ensure you that you enter the wood cutting, so you don’t get the blade stuck.
- Keep the wood against the fence. To cut accurately, you’re going to rely on the fence. Don’t ever forget how important it is to use the fence, especially when you’re cutting longer pieces of wood. Keep even, light pressure against the wood to keep it square against the fence while you cut.
- Let the blade stop. Before you remove the blade from the wood, make sure that the blade has come to a complete stop.
Using a table saw is relatively simple, but it takes a little bit of practice to get really efficient at it. Like anything else, the more you use a table saw, the better you’ll get at using it. Every model has differences, so if you think you’ll be using different saws on the job, take a few minutes to get acquainted with them before you use them.
Cutting shorter pieces of wood with your table saw is usually a simple task, but it gets a bit trickier when you have to cut longer pieces. Take your time and make sure that you keep long pieces of wood supported throughout the duration of the cut. If you take your time when cutting big pieces, you’ll get used to it and find that it isn’t as hard as it seems.
When you use a table saw, or any other power tool, practice makes perfect. Be sure to keep these tips in mind as you use your table saw, and you’ll be an expert cutter before you know it.