Now that you have bought your table saw, whether it’s a simple bench-top or a hybrid one, you need to know how to actually use it. It is important to know the dos and don’ts of using it. It is also important to remember that you cannot fight against the power of a saw and you may lose your fingers if you are not careful. Luckily, you can avoid this if you learn how to handle it properly.
Here is a list of the things that you need to keep in mind while handling your table saw.
According to some surveys, it is discovered that veteran woodworkers and contractors can still be vulnerable to injuries while using table saws. It was found that they are even more prone to get injured as compared to new users of such equipment.
These injured woodworkers admit that they had become complacent in their capability to prevent injuries and practiced incorrect methods of using saws. It is important to understand the safety features of your table saw and learn the basic skills necessary to operate it in a safe way.
Every table saw has a danger zone where there is a high possibility of getting injured if you put your hands close to it. Make sure you always keep your fingers away from the danger zone. Danger zones do not actually have a specific dimension so it is important that you use caution and prevent yourself from getting injured if you need to be close to the danger zone for making some specific cuts.
Sometimes, woodworkers tend to remove the blade guard so they could feel and admire their woodwork. However, these blade guards and splitters actually help in ensuring that you do not get into accidents while cutting wood using your table saw.
Push devices ensure that your hand is not too close to the blade and put something in between your hand and blade. Some find using these push devices annoying, but they have saved hundreds of lives in the past. You can use push devices that look like rubber-soled push block,s as this would allow you to move more efficiently and keep your fingers safe.
Blade manufacturers often say that it is safer to put a blade just high enough to allow you to see the gullets at the bottom. You can also put it at an angle that allows you to cut your wood properly without causing too much sawdust and ensures that air can immediately cool your newly cut wood. However, if you are making a stopped cut, raise the blade slightly to reduce the angle where the cut stops.
While using a table saw for any type of cut, you need to feel the speed of cutting and understand the speed that is safe to make high quality cuts in the wood. Furthermore, if you misalign your table saw for any reason, it may cause some irregularities in your cuts. Make sure that you put enough pressure on the wood so that it gets cut smoothly by the blade and does not resist being cut.
When using a table saw, it becomes difficult to keep your wood stable because it gets cut at a fast pace. Using featherboards allows you to make consistent groove cuts. Put your featherboards before the blade.
If you need to cut at a specific angle, make sure your blade is right for the job. Do not use wobble-type dado blades because it would make your cuts uneven. You can also use rip fences or miter gauges to guide your blade properly while making specific cuts.
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