The woodworking table saw is likely the single most valuable piece of equipment to even the most mediocre woodworker. There is nothing that a woodworker can do without, and when they make a mistake, there is simply nothing that they can do without. For this reason, it is important for a woodworking shop to invest in quality tools, and the best way to get high quality tools is to buy a quality table saw. Then you need to understand what should be done using the saw, and what can’t be done using it.
The first thing that you should do is make sure your woodworking table saws are clean. This is the most important step in making sure that your saw is accurate. There are a lot of dust particles in the air, especially if you are woodworking in an enclosed area. Dust particles travel at the speed of about two hundred and sixty miles per hour, so you have a short time to clear the air. If you are working in an area that is not ventilated properly, you may find yourself working with wood that is peppered with tiny dust particles.
When you start to work on a project, whether it is a cabinet table or a heavy-duty file cabinet, you should always unplug the electric supply from the wall. The last thing you want is your cord getting all tangled up in the wiring and making it impossible to get a good cut. It is much better to rip the wire out of the wall than to try to maneuver the cord around the room. Many woodworking shop owners will actually put tarps or cardboard on the top of their heavy-duty table saws, to keep the dust particles away from the motor.
Your woodworking table saw has a blade that is attached to a metal cutting blade. You should always make sure that you always start your saw off with the blade placed parallel to the floor. If you do this, the saw’s teeth will have plenty of room to cut into the wood, and you won’t have to worry about getting the blade too close to the surface of the wood.
Make sure that the wood you plan to work with is smooth and flat. If it is uneven, you may find that you don’t get as many good cuts as you would like. Also remember to make very sharp cuts. Your woodworking table saws blade is only as sharp as the material it is made out of, so if you are using a plastic file, you should try to make as few cuts as possible in each inch of file length.
A very popular choice for portable woodworking table saws is a portable benchtop saw. Because they are lighter than their stand-up counterparts, benchtop saws can usually be carried around without causing any additional problems. Many of these also come with extension rods that can be used to increase the length and width of the benchtop itself.
There are basically three types of fence on a power tool. The most common is a stationary fence which is mounted on the machine itself and acts as the cutting surface. Another option is a portable fence that can either be mounted to the machine itself or as an attachment to a larger piece of wood.
One feature that is absolutely necessary on a benchtop saw is an adjustable rip capacity. Rip capacity is how much kickback your fence can withstand before it becomes damaged. Most benches have a moderate to high Rip Capability. The higher the Rip Capability the better the kickback protection from damage will be. The best way to test the Rip Capability of your fence is to stand directly over the fence as it is being cut. If the saw cuts easily and smoothly all the way to the ground, then the Rip Capability is adequate.